9-11This piece for Esquire on New York immediately after 9/11, largely through the eyes of one of its chief chroniclers, author Jay McInerney, is a good example of the kind of feature I like to write: in-depth (it’s 6,000 words or more), detailed, and different (McInerney and I worked in a soup kitchen in Bowling Green Park). It was also something of a scoop – no other journalist, to my knowledge, had got such extensive access to Ground Zero so soon after the attack.

You can read about my experience of the disaster and its epicentre, described memorably by the New Yorker as “both greater than you can imagine and smaller than you can believe”, in two parts, here and here.