mundane relics…..

The 9/11 Decade – Feeling the Power of Mundane Relics – NYTimes.com

After the roar, after the first ground-trembling collapse sent clouds of pulverized matter billowing through Lower Manhattan, a man paused from his hurried retreat to take in a world now coated with the dust of uncertain gray. For reasons he still cannot explain, he bent down, scooped some of this grayness into an envelope — and kept on moving.