Ten years ago it was practically a reflex to say 9/11 “changed everything.” But in the past decade Americans have often tried to behave as if the terrorist attacks changed very little. Citizens are just as polarized over small-ball political disputes and just as prone to misinformation about the Middle East as ever. “Ten Years Later,” the latest issue of the British literary journal Granta, is an act of cultural rewiring, striving to show the breadth of Sept. 11’s effects around the world, from North Korea to Somalia to Gitmo to Libya. Helping to take the long view at this event are three locals, novelist Olga Grushin, New America Foundation CEO Steve Coll, and seasoned foreign affairs journalist Robin Wright, along with one of the issue’s contributors, Iraq vet Elliott Woods. In “Veterans of a Foreign War,” Woods travels cross-country to catch up with his National Guard buddies and finds nearly everybody’s patriotism is warped by disillusionment, battle scars, and zealotry.
The panel begins at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.