Days of Awe: September 11, 2001 and its Cultural Psychodynamics

  title={Days of Awe: September 11, 2001 and its Cultural Psychodynamics},
  author={Howard Stein},
  journal={Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society},
  pages={187 - 199}
  • H. Stein
  • Published 4 September 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society
Near the end of September 2001, my seven yearold son, Zev, came home from school with, among other papers, a pencil drawing he had made. Everyone in the second grade class had been asked to draw something about Halloween. His was a simple sketch. In the center of the 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper was a tall, thin rectangular boxy figure, flanked on either side by a couple of long, concave, petal-like strokes. I asked him what it was about—was there a story? He said, “It’s a haunted tower, and at… 
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