Writers Respond to the Boston Marathon

Nick Flynn, Andre Dubus III, Chuck Hogan, and James Parker write responses to the events of April 15, 2013.

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Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya

Nick Flynn: Marathon
A poem.

James Parker: Reaction
My first reaction surprised me: a surge of utterly tribal fury. I’m not a Bostonian; I’m not even an American. But I’ve been in this city for fifteen years and how dare they?

Andre Dubus III: Run
It was one of those days when all the good and important things come into focus.

Chuck Hogan: The Finish Line
The first shock was the images of chaos on the televisions over the bar. Hundreds of people running away from the finish line, not toward it. A legend across the bottom of the screen: “Explosions Disrupt Boston Marathon.