September 11th, 2014



On February 16th, Stephen, David, Yves-Marie and I went across on the ferry to Staten Island. It was David’s idea of course, one of his whiz tours. But I was eager to see the new monsters, the World Trade Center’s twin towers. They are only one hundred feet higher than the Empire State, but, planted down there near the Battery, they have effectively fucked up the marvellous effect of Manhattan as first seen from the water. The rest of its skyline is now dwarfed and looks out of scale and insignificant. As though this were an island of quite small buildings with just two giants.

- Christopher Isherwood, LIBERATION: DIARIES 1970-1983 (entrada do dia 1 de março de 1974)