Wonder what the suicide bombers are promised in the afterlife? Or how people in the White House are coping? Or how American comedy will be affected by all this? Then join our weekly online chats on AOL with TIME writers and editors:
DAVID VAN BIEMA is TIME's religion writer and has been exploring the religious aspect of this story, writing about everything from the spiritual beliefs of the terrorists to the reasons for increased church attendance in the U.S. Chat with him on Thursday, 8 p.m. E.T., Keyword: Live.
MICHAEL DUFFY is our Washington bureau chief, overseeing coverage from the nation's capital. Chat with him about how the attack on the Pentagon and the onset of a strange new war have turned Washington upside down, on Wednesday, 8 p.m. E.T., Keyword: Live.
JOHANNA MCGEARY is TIME's chief foreign correspondent and has spent years covering terrorism and the states that sponsor it. During the latest crisis, she has written extensively about the terrorists and the regimes that nurtured them. Talk to her on Tuesday, 8 p.m. E.T., Keyword: Live.
JOEL STEIN is better known for his humor column than for reporting on terror attacks, but he has recently been covering the rescue effort. Talk to him about that and how the tragedy has affected humor in America, on Monday at 8 p.m. E.T., Keyword: Live.
Our Sensible Guide To Staying Safe
Should you really go out and buy a gas mask? And if so, is that fancy piece of gear on eBay going to do you much good? These are some of the questions people are asking this week, and to provide some answers, we've launched this commonsense guide as a continuing resource on preparing for any sort of emergency. Plus there's On magazine's guide to the Web resources for scientific information on terror threats, from anthrax to VX. time.com/unhysterical
SHUTTERBUGS One of the unique aspects of the World Trade Center disaster is that so many people witnessed it firsthand--and not only witnessed it but also snapped pictures of it. The memorable images by professional photographers will resonate forever, but now the less polished but no less powerful photos taken by amateurs have a gallery that will never go away. Yahoo has launched a new category, "Firsthand Photos," in its directory of sites, and it has links to photos taken by ordinary citizens of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Hoboken, N.J. A woman from Hoboken, in fact, has a captivating series of pictures of the Twin Towers taken over a period of two years from her bedroom window. time.com/shutter
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS An A.P. picture of smoke pouring out of the World Trade Center was the talk of the Web last week. Not because it was poignant or much different from dozens of other pictures, but because hundreds of people claimed to see the grim face of Satan in the smoke. The A.P. says the photo was unaltered. We've republished the image so that you can take a look yourself. time.com/webhoax
MOVING ON This week TIME's pop-music critic, Christopher John Farley, looks at stars such as Paul McCartney who are doing benefits for the victims of Sept. 11, while senior editor Belinda Luscombe writes on how we need to laugh more. Read both, Tuesday, on time.com