In memory of those who died 9-11 & since then

He was there by Arden von Haeger

"9-11: He was there" by Arden von Haeger

In the days following 9-11, the nightmare continued, even in our sleep. Some dreamed of towers falling again and again. I dreamed about the firefighters going up when others were coming down. About September 14 I began searching for an artist to paint a piece that would become Wineskins cover art for the Nov-Dec 2001 issue.

Artist Arden von Haeger and I began meeting, talking about what we as a collective were experiencing and what I was envisioning and the nightmare of 9-11. He sketched several pieces, and this is what he polished and we developed into the cover of the “9-11” issue. We completely changed what we were going to do for that issue. Can’t even remember what the plan was, but I think we just bumped everything up a notch.

We also have some posters of this that we’ve donated to firefighters and for fundraisers. It is the art without the Wineskins masthead and without the titling superimposed. If you’d like to use this for fundraising purposes, or to give to a firefighter or firehouse, or just purchase a poster, email me.

An alternate history by Jonathan Alter

Along the lines of precise punishment . . . this is an imaginative article by Jonathan Alter, a kind of person President Bush should have surrounded himself with. Instead he has surrounded himself with people like Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, who seem to have little imagination for things other than power and wealth.

An Alternate 9/11 History
By staying ‘humble,’ as he promised in 2000,
Bush preserved much of the post-9/11 good will abroad.

By Greg Taylor Posted in 9/11

Sleepless the night of 9/11

The night of 9/11/01 most of us couldn’t sleep. Last night was like that, but not for the same reasons. Jill and I, awake at 3 am, watched scenes of the ceremonies at the 9/11 sites and Jill had taped the evening news with Katie Couric.


The night of 9/11 I kept waking and thinking of the firefighters rushing up the towers, and a few days later I asked Nashville artist Arden von Haeger to draw an image that would both memorialize and honor symbolically those 434 firefighters who selflessly rushed up the stairs as others were coming down.

The finished work was called, “He was there” and depicts an angel or Christ with arms around a firefighter and the caption, “He was there” that made a different claim from those hardliners who said God was punishing the United States for being soft on homosexuality.

So we ran von Haeger’s piece on the cover of the Sep/Oct 2001 Wineskins, an issue on postmodernism, and we brought the two ideas (postmodern tragedy) together for the title, “Can we find God in the chaos?”

We also made art prints and I often give them to firefighters. If you would like one, let me know.

By Greg Taylor Posted in 9/11