PUBLIC BOOKS: Virtual Roundtable on Amy Waldman’s The Submission
12 March 2012
SEE THE ROUNDTABLE ON THE PUBLIC BOOKS SITE HERE.
Last fall Public Books sponsored a lively roundtable discussion of Amy Waldman’s widely praised novel The Submission (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011), which considers what might have happened if the winner of an anonymous architectural design competition for a Ground Zero memorial had been an American Muslim.
The novel poses questions about our obligations as citizens; our obligations to those we love, and to those we don’t know; to those here, and to those elsewhere; to those we have lost, and to those to come; to truth and to beauty; to ideas and to experience; to those we agree with, and to those whose views may seem beyond the pale.
Now we are pleased to publish the remarks delivered by two of the live event’s participants, Nadia Abu el-Haj and Bruce Robbins, along with two original essays by Rebecca Walkowitz and by James E. Young, a member of the jury for a National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero:
- “Counterfactual 9/11-Memorial Storm Hits NYC” by James E. Young
- “Building Character” by Rebecca L. Walkowitz
- “Bringing Politics Back In” by Nadia Abu el-Haj
- “Why Claire Slams the Door” by Bruce Robbins
In the coming weeks be sure to check www.publiccbooks.org for more on the full launch of Public Books coming in late spring.