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Getting Us Through

Home Alone With the NYT

Last March, life was suddenly not good. In the real world, this was because people were dying, en masse, each alone; in the world...

Faster Than I’ve Ever Run Before

"Running a timed mile is not a good metaphor for the past year of our lives."

The Prescience of Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, acknowledgments of Octavia E. Butler’s prescience have become more routine. With its stark picture of citizens desperate...

The Summer We Didn’t Have

An email came at the end of my work day, announcing that I’d won a prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime research grant to spend the summer in...

A Novel for the Plague Years

When the Spanish Influenza comes on stage in William Maxwell’s 1937 novel They Came Like Swallows, the family at the heart of the book...

Feeling Infrastructure

I watch trains to wait on the inevitable. A machine arrives from somewhere, proceeds elsewhere, and that’s it. The script leaves little to chance...