Writing in the First World


In response to the execution of Iranian poet and activist Hashem Shaabani, Poetry Editor Charlie Bondhus reflects on privilege, writing, and poetry’s function as a tool of social change.

9/11. We Remember

911 tribute from Good Men Project

Let the stories add meaning.

Secret Gitmo Camp Does Not ‘Meet International Standards’ According to Defense Attorney


James Connell, a lawyer for one of the five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 terror attack, was granted rare access to an “ultra-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay.”

Why Consumption Replaced Contribution: The Decline of Service in America

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How our mass consumption consumes our service to others.

Torture, American Style


Study concludes that US torture after 9/11 had “no justification” and “damaged the standing of our nation.”

If They Were Somebody. They Are Somebody.


Caring deeply for Guantánamo Bay detainees is not un-American.

From Dork to Combat Killer in 14 Weeks

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Matt Crowder looks back at the moment he knew he had to join the U.S. Military—the morning of September 11, 2001—and how that has turned him into the man he is today.

9/11, Eleven Years On: Let Our Reflections Be Only a Brief Pause

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Slade Sohmer remembers 9/11: Running down 30 flights of stairs from his office on Wall Street, watching the sky turn yellow with smoke, and thinking of all the families who didn’t know they’d just lost their father, sister or child.

Monday HuffPost Edition – Ten things I've learned from 9/11

1. I remember waking up and going to work on Sept. 11, 2001. At the time I was working at a call centre for a growing company with franchises throughout the U.S. The lines were almost dead, and we were glued to our computers. Once in a while a call would come in from somebody […]

On 9/11, Atheism, Buttons, and Bowling for Jesus

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Lisa Hickey was asked by a Good Men Project contributor how she reconciles all of the religious ceremonies of the day with the fact that she is atheist. Here is her answer.

Why ‘Carry on With Your Daily Lives’ Doesn’t Make Sense to Me

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Jack Varnell wonders, “Has our kick the ass of the world, Billy Bad ass, macho attitude contributed in some way to where we are now?”

September 11th

Today is the tenth anniversary of September 11th. My thoughts are with the victims of September 11th and the soldiers and civilians who have died on both sides in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. May they all rest in peace, and may their families have strength in their time of grief.

Remembering Tarel: A Tribute to an Early Responder

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Tarel was inside of the South Tower when it fell. He died the only way he would have wanted: saving others.

When No Birds Sang

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Photojournalist Lyle Owerko walked out of his apartment and 10 minutes later shot the photo that ended up on the cover of Time Magazine. He hopes his photos left a mark of integrity.

Steve Almond: A Decade of Magical Thinking. Excerpt from The Rumpus

Todd Riddle A small tribute to all those lost in 9.11

“One of the duties of the artist – not the only duty, but a central one – is to impel people to imagine the complexity of thought and feeling inside another person.”

Of Heroic Men and Good Deeds: A 9/11 Memoir

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When Lili opened her home to the rescue workers digging through the rubble, she learned about fearlessness and strength and courage.

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