Boston Marathon Roundup


If you’re looking for a token of solace after the Boston marathon bombings, please check out Roxane Gay’s words if you haven’t already. And Thomas Page McBee reflects on ways to help when feeling helpless.

At the Guardian, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond comments on the histrionic attitude the media has taken on in the wake of the explosions, and wonders if “events such as Monday’s bombing can somehow morally enlarge us as a nation, can help us imagine the suffering of other people and our own duty to those people – wherever they happen to live.”’s Metro Desk eulogizes Martin William Richard, the 8-year old who was killed.

Esquire and Politico both have heart-felt and eloquent summaries on yesterday’s tragedy.

Boston area college students are organizing a walk from Boston College’s campus to the finish line this Friday in remembrance of those who were injured or killed and in honor of the 5,742 runners who were not able to cross the finish line. So far, over 12,000 people are planning to attend.

Brett Weer at Al Bawaba and Rinku Sen at Colorlines applaud and encourage Boston to continue nurturing the spirit of community, and to refrain from pointing fingers and making cultural and racial accusations.

Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16. More from this author →