“It just doesn’t feel real,” wrote Denise Evans in the New York Times. She said she’s used to reading about terrorist attacks in other places. “But never here. In my home.”
Evans is a freelance writer in Manchester, England, and was at the arena during a concert this week when a terrorist attack killed twenty-two and injured dozens more.
Manchester is a hotbed of music. Locals are “as bonkers about music as we are about football (or soccer, for Americans),” she wrote. “It’s our bread and butter. This is the home of Oasis, the Stone Roses, New Order, Happy Mondays and the Smiths.” It’s also the birthplace of the Buzzcocks, whom Pitchfork described as “at least as important to punk as the Sex Pistols’ rise.”
“No act of horror and evil,” Evans wrote, “however gross and cruel, will ever take away that popular-culture heritage from us. The musical heart of this city will beat on.”