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Getting Us Through

Texts From Dr. Cristina Yang

I hear a knock, then a sharp whistle. The whistle will be followed by a noise I have no words for, a sound so...

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...