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.

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.