my friends: “brian if you’re feeling restless you should try podcasts, it’s like having funny coworkers”

me: *turns on 9/11 episode of Last Podcast On The Left, stares into middle distance for much of the workday, broken*

my friends: “brian are you familiar with white noise”


Two weeks from now, I’m visiting New York for the first time in five years. I intend to make a solo trip to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Is it perverse to admit that I’m motivated by experiencing whatever feelings well up while standing on the site of a historic, globally-recognized atrocity? Not sure I’ve done any sightseeing at one of those before. Tourrerism.

The 9/11 museum’s absurd gift shop

I have an idea: if the government won’t fund a site meant to honor such a memorial, I guess that means we’re the ones who should! Do away with the unsettling, morbid gift shop, make the memorial fully donation-funded, and let’s see how long us true Americans keep the lights on.

The 9/11 museum’s absurd gift shop