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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011 VOL. 15 ISSUE 5 W ritten B y THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST © 9 .11 .11 12 The Brotherhood By MATT HOEy For Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, the finale of Rescue Me won’t be their last goodbye to fallen firemen. 18 9/11 Plus Ten By F.X. FEENEy Unearthing the subtext of movies written during a 10-year war against terrorism. 22 We Have Met the Enemy By RICHARD STAyTON Ground Zero got personal for Mark Boal and Lawrence Wright. On a literary jihad, each used investigative journalism tools to hunt al-Qaeda. DEPARTMENTS 2 Fade In 4 Letters 6 Writers’ Room 56 Fade Out 36 Isaac and Ishmael By AARON SORKIN Why West Wing postponed its season premiere to produce an episode about civil liberty. 38 The Sword and the Pen By LISA ROSEN How the WGA’s Veterans Writing Program is mentoring those who served the nation. 46 Ghosts of Pakistan Past DAVID GRITTEN Never heard of Ayub Khan-Din? For this star writer and actor in Britain, there’s only one obstacle to making it here: Khan-Din’s ties to Pakistan. By 34 The Show That Did Go On Less than a month after 9/11, Emmy-nominated writers gathered at the WGA Theater to share notes. Cover portrait of Mark Boal by Tom Keller Contents Art: The National September 11 Memorial Squared Design Lab | Courtesy of National 9/11 Memorial & Museum

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