Pandemic Journal, April 6–12
Brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak around the world, including Verlyn Klinkenborg in East Chatham, Hugh Eakin in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Dalia Hatuqa in Amman, and more.
April 11, 2020
Verlyn Klinkenborg’s books include Making Hay, The Rural Life, and Timothy; Or, Notes of an Abject Reptile.
Hugh Eakin is the Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. (November 2017)
Dalia Hatuqa is a journalist based in the West Bank and Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Economist, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic. Her radio stories and commentary have aired on NPR, PRI’s The World, and the BBC. (April 2020)
Zoé Samudzi is a writer and PhD candidate in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. She studies the Herero and Nama genocide. (April 2020)
Ariel Dorfman, a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Literature at Duke, is the author of the play Death and the Maiden. His books include the children’s story The Rabbits’ Rebellion and a forthcoming novella about the apocalypse, The Compensation Bureau.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of Losing Earth: A Recent History (2019), Odds Against Tomorrow (2013), and, most recently, Second Nature: Scenes From a World Remade (2021).
Christopher Benfey is the Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His most recent book is IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years.
Mira Kamdar, a former Paris-based editorial board member of The New York Times, is the author of the memoir Motiba’s Tattoos: A Granddaughter’s Journey from America into her Indian Family’s Past (2000) and the nonfiction book Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the World’s Largest Democracy and the Future of our World (2008). Her new book, India in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, has just been published. (April 2018)
Arthur Longworth, a six-time PEN America Prison Writing Award winner and a 2019–2020 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellow, is a contributing writer with the Marshall Project and the author of Zek: An American Prison Story (2016). (April 2020)
Coco Fusco, Lucas Adams, Sara Nović, Gavin Francis, Amanda Fortini, et al.
The latest edition of our brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak around the world, including Coco Fusco in Brooklyn, Lucas Adams in Brooklyn, Sara Nović in Philadelphia, Gavin Francis in Edinburgh, and more.
May 15, 2020
Danny Lyon, Andrew McGee, Nicole Rudick, Ali Bhutto, Jamie Quatro, et al.
Pandemic Journal, March 30–April 5
Brief dispatches by New York Review writers documenting the coronavirus outbreak around the world, including Danny Lyon in Bernalillo, Andrew McGee in New York, Nicole Rudick in South Orange, and more.
April 5, 2020
Mary Ann Caws
May 18, 1972 issue
The Perils of Lockdown Living
I rushed to the supermarkets and pharmacies buying dozens of the last hand-sanitizers, disinfectant sprays and wipes, even a dozen boxes of matzos—if it helped the Jewish people survive three thousand years ago, it will surely help a Palestinian family in St. Louis, Missouri.
May 7, 2020
A New Connection with the Lost Art of Phone Conversation
The old-fashioned fuddy-duddy telephone—which once seemed as dated as Dorothy Parker’s short story “The Telephone Call,” in which a young woman waits desperately for a man to call—is suddenly back in style.
April 15, 2020
The Pandemic Jobless Youthquake
Even for those with college education, the graduating class of 2020 from universities is going to have a tough time. But minority youngsters with less education are going to be especially hard-hit.
May 8, 2020
Pandemic Marriage, Ménage, & Me
As the virus spread through Europe and the US—and we, too, were herded into an at-home lockdown in Paris—all those Chinese divorces suddenly seemed like a warning. What would happen when we were cooped up together for months?
May 12, 2020
Pandemic Economics: ‘Much Worse, Very Quickly’
This $2 trillion rescue package may prove to be only the opening bid in the long-term efforts that will be required to save the US economy from a depression.
March 26, 2020
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