Elusive Memorials: Blind-Spots, Insight, and Gun Violence at the University of Texas at Austin

Trevor Hoag This essay is dedicated to the victims/survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut (2012), and to victims/survivors of (gun) violence everywhere.1 It is not you who will speak; let the disaster speak in you, even if it be by your forgetfulness or [ . . . blindness]. — Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster2 A forgetful memory of events. The morning of September 28th, 2010, I shuffled half-asleep from the bedroom to my office intent on perusing the Web. After checking my email and the news, not a lot stood out. However, while reading Facebook posts from members of the UT-Austin community, my blood ran cold: Trish Roberts-Miller (September 28, 2010 at 8:29am): just heard there is a shooter on the UT campus, at 21st and Guadalupe.3 Trish Roberts-Miller (September 28, 2010 at 8:44am): Lots of sirens, and I’m sitting in my dark office filling out forms.4 Clay Spinuzzi (September 28, 2010 at 8:45am via @spinuzzi on Twitter): apparently campus is on lockdown due to armed shooter. i am … Continue reading Elusive Memorials: Blind-Spots, Insight, and Gun Violence at the University of Texas at Austin