NEWS - Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor Talks 'Fragile' Humankind In Light Of Anthrax Attacks

(11/5/01, 5 p.m. ET) -- After the September 11 attacks, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has been looking at life, his musical career, and humankind in a different way. While Nine Inch Nails has always dwelled on the darker side of the human psyche, Reznor, while recently traveling to New York, told LAUNCH he's been contemplating the fragile nature not just of the individual, but of the very society we live in.

"OK, now there's anthrax in the mail," he said. "Well, how many more things have we taken for granted that people by nature aren't (aware of)... If you think of a plastic fork or a plastic knife on the airline on the way here. And the first thing that went through my head was, 'Well, I could stab somebody in the eye with a fork. Is that not a weapon?' And I'm thinking, 'How does this happen?' When you think of every possible way that you could harm another person, it's limitless. It's a collapse if you, like, you start realizing that, yes, we're vulnerable that if, at every turn, there's someone willing to stoop to that level. Humans truly are barbaric perhaps."

He added, "Maybe we don't belong in the air, or in cities, and we need to be in caves. It's just a disheartening look at what humans are capable of."

Reznor's 2000 Nine Inch Nails tour was named Fragility v2.0, and it was recently edited and packaged for a CD and DVD/VHS release, Nine Inch Nails Live: And All That Could Have Been. The releases are due January 22, 2002.

-- Darren Davis, New York