The following is the beginning draft of an e-mail I will be sending to some of my non-New York friends who don't "get it."
Every scrap of identity is affected by circumstance. As an American, a Jew, a father, a husband, a New Yorker, a government official, a music-theatre composer, a commuter, a consumer, and as Barry Drogin, everything is different every day. "Normal" has shifted to such a completely different time and point in space, that finding it may be impossible, but certainly ignoring the fact that there is a war on, that Ground Zero exists, that the terrorist threat is real and present, cannot be included in it. Temporary passages to such a place are not a return to normal but self-indulgent if well-deserved moments of escapism.
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