Cops, firefighters, doctors: They are the pillars of America’s civic dreamlife, and in times like these, one remembers why. What passed for humdrum routine in New York blew up last Tuesday, and on the following days, the individuals who make that routine possible — joined by local kids and visitors offering aid — thronged West, Greenwich, and Washington streets, in the rescue effort’s staging area, looking for ways to help. For the medical personnel, the horror would lie in how few there were to save. For those responsible for restoring the basic infrastructure of daily life, the task would be monumental.
“Most vampire tales I’ve read lately read like little Kinsey reports, full of tasty trivia about vampire life, a subject that used to be shrouded in mystery and fear, like sex. Are you ready to open the forbidden curtain?”
“His office’s apparent mishandling of solid BCCI leads is fair criticism of him whether he did or did not know about it: he missed a golden opportunity to examine the so-called Bank of Crooks and Criminals”