110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 1.0 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Ulrich C Baer is University Professor of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is author of numerous books, the most recent of which include What Snowflakes Get Right: Free Speech, Truth and Equality on Campus (2019), We Are But A Moment (2017), The Rilke Alphabet (2014), and Beggar's Chicken: Stories From Shanghai (2013).


"A smart idea...[drawing from] the incredible talent pool of New York City writers to consecrate the attack on the World Trade Center."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Ulrich Baer has gathered a multi-hued range of voices that convey, with vivid immediacy and heightened imagination, the shock and loss suffered in September."

-The Harvard Bookstore

"A decent 9/11 novel may be far off, but the best first passes at essays, fiction, and poetry are finally in one place."

-New York Metro.Com

"The wide range of writing styles and viewpoints, as well as Art Spiegelman's striking cover art, make this anthology a popular read."

-Library Journal

"The works collected here capture both the diversity of the people of New York and how surreal the catastrophe felt for those close to Ground Zero. A touching and memorable collection."

-Carlos Orellana, Booklist, September, 2002

"The result is this excellent collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry written in reaction to the tragedy by a stellar list of contributors."

-The Kansas City Star

"110 Stories, with an arresting cover image by Art Speigelman, presents a fractured view of last year's events...What we're left with is the way the tragedy fits into individual lives, the impression it makes on impressionable, expressive people."

"Short-short stories and poems by New York writers are the collection's raison d'Etre, but personal testimony creeps in as well. The best entries approach the subject most obliquely or humorously--Jonathan Ames's Nabokovian 'Womb Shelter, ' David Hollander's moving 'The Price of Light and Air, ' Nathalie Handal's lovely 'The Lives of Rain, ' Lev Grossman's hilarious 'Pitching September 11, ' among many others...Overall, this collection proves the transformative power of art." -Publisher's Weekly

"The best of these pieces by novelists and poets write about it the way that all great writing happens--they come at it sideways, or with complete indirection, sometimes in metaphor, and write about love, selfishness, lust, dieting, the lives of the rain, and in one case, from the perspective of a rat in the sewer below the towers."

-Clean Sheets