Another fun Costa Concordia fact: "Local schools and the church were opened, and the first survivors were hustled inside and given blankets. Every free space began to fill" (Vanity Fair, May 2012).
Even though they've reached land, and got their blankets, and Dawn's life has been changed, their fate still seems inextricably linked to the whims of Bryan Burrough at Vanity Fair and his editors.
When I was in the sixth grade, I had to write a series of Reports on various civilizations in the ancient world: Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages. My research was very thorough: I would look up the subject in my parents' World Book Encyclopedia set, and copy the article, but change the words as best I could to make it sound original. This Costa Concordia story brought back a lot of warm childhood memories for me.