Like phantom limbs that still can be felt even though they no longer exist,
the twin towers of the World Trade Center continue to haunt New Yorkers,
who – in the words of cartoonist Art Spiegelman (2004) – now live “in the
shadow of no towers.” During the first years of their absence, accounts of the
attack – including journalistic, governmental, academic, fictionalized, and cinematic
portrayals – proliferated. The multiplication of accounts is entirely warranted,
given that no single version can fully describe the attack’s antecedents,
manifestations, and ramifications.