From the New York Times, Metro Section, p. 47 (early city editions only, apparently), 7 Dec. 2003
9/11 Memorial Draws Together Nonwinners, Teeth on Edge
By Alan Feuer
The losers--no, not the losers, the ones who did not win--stood around doing what they had done for many months online, which is to say they thought, talked, argued, vented, ranted, complained and basically obsessed to the point of meltdown over how to build the best possible World Trade Center memorial.
They had lost, Yes. It was over now. O.K. Still, they wanted to remain involved and to contribute something--anything, please--because their energies and passions, the collective vat of their creative juices, really, could you throw it all away?
"The normal process is to tell the nonfinalists, the so-called losers, to go away, go home." Said William Stratas, a nonwinner, who arranged the forum yesterday for 70 or so of the more than 5,000 people who did not win the memorial competition either. "But that is not going to happen. We’re not sore losers. We’re going to be involved."
Mr. Stratas was standing at the lectern, on the fourth floor of the student center at New York University, talking to a group of peers whom he knew intimately but had never met before. The had been chatting for several months online through his Web site, wtc.planetcast.com, griping, carping, swapping tales of the anxiety of art, but this was the first time they had encountered one another in the flesh.