The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center. Now it’s gone. They attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labour and imagination and commerce and it’s gone.
But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that.
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The last thing that I’ll say about 9/11, since I’d rather not.

Jon Stewart came to Cornell in October of 2011, and I had the chance to see him. He was in full force that night. But he ended with a story about 9/11 which I thought would end us off on a dark note. I was thinking, “No. Come on, Jon. Not now.”

He talked about leaving his apartment a few weeks after the attacks, still feeling miserable and worried like pretty much all of New York. But then, he said, on his stoop, he saw a homeless man. This homeless man had his fly open, his dick in his hand, and was shaking it like nobody’s business.

Jon, as he said to us, looked down at him. The man looked up at Jon. They exchanged pleasantries. And the man continued to masturbate.

In spite of all that the city had been through, and no matter what troubles humanity had faced in those last few weeks, this man found the courage to get up, shuffle over to Jon’s stoop, and jerk himself off. 

And that’s when, Jon told us, “I thought, “we’re gonna be okay.”

I’ve liked that story ever since.

Have a good day, guys.