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“Things Just Go On” – More Theses on Doomscrolling

“That things just go on is the catastrophe” – Walter Benjamin. One of the risks of declaring victory is the possibility that your declaration will prove to have been premature. … Continue reading

February 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Eighth Week

If they came to us and said the plague would end in thirty-six days or in four months we would be able to manage days could be counted down black … Continue reading

February 3, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Seventh Week

We blame the virus for the disastrous condition of our schools the catastrophic state of our hospitals the ruinous structure of our workplaces the collapsing authority of our institutions so … Continue reading

January 28, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Sixth Week

To learn to live with the virus is an easy thing all it requires is that you learn to ignore those dying from the virus. * Apparently it is encouraging … Continue reading

January 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Fifth Week

Let us hope that in this new year we will not need to learn any more letters of the Greek alphabet. * There was the colleague then the casual acquaintance … Continue reading

January 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Fourth Week

Perhaps it was selfish at the very least it was naive but I had really hoped that just for that day I would be able to forget the plague I … Continue reading

January 5, 2022 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Third Week

You who find yourselves unexpectedly ill after trying so hard after trying to stay safe after trying to be responsible must not view your sickness as a moral failing you … Continue reading

December 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-Second Week

It was this week two years ago when we started to see stories ominous stories about a virus spreading but we did not worry for it was happening over there. … Continue reading

December 24, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninety-First Week

You have not survived the plague. You are surviving the plague. And your survival depends on understanding that distinction. * We wish to do the right thing the responsible thing … Continue reading

December 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Ninetieth Week

Surely there must be a better way to learn the letters of the Greek alphabet. * We are warned that if we are unwilling to change we shall wind up … Continue reading

December 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Ninth Week

By vehicle by train by airplane thus shall we travel this week to be together with one another. By vehicle by train by airplane thus shall the plague travel this … Continue reading

December 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Eighth Week

Tired and angry as you are be aware that by week’s end you will be exhausted and furious. * At first they said the plague would never reach our shores. … Continue reading

November 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

Against Technological Inevitability – On 20th Century Critics of Technology

“The myth of technological and political and social inevitability is a powerful tranquilizer of the conscience. Its service is to remove responsibility from the shoulders of everyone who truly believes … Continue reading

November 18, 2021 · 3 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Seventh Week

According to the scale that I keep in my bathroom I weigh now more or less the same as I did when the pandemic began so I suppose this hollowness … Continue reading

November 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Sixth Week

The plastic skeletons have disappeared from the stores. The cardboard gravestones have been tossed into the recycling bin. The ghost in the tree is now just a sheet in the … Continue reading

November 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Fifth Week

If you wish to see the pandemic continue even longer by all means act as though it has already ended. * We will not stop to mourn. We will not … Continue reading

November 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Fourth Week

If you must worry do not focus on the plague instead worry that compared to the other challenges bearing down upon us addressing the plague has been easy. * Near … Continue reading

October 29, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Third Week

It is not that you are living in fear. But that even after so many months you are still living in a pandemic. * We are eager for the pandemic … Continue reading

October 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-Second Week

It would be inaccurate to claim that the decline in new cases and the decline in daily deaths will mean that we shall stop paying attention to the pandemic. Such … Continue reading

October 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eighty-First Week

If you must name the current season do us all a favor and refer to it as the autumn thus may we enjoy the crispness in the air and the … Continue reading

October 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Eightieth Week

You need not know the exact number or the statistical details that will allow you to place that first number into a broad historic or population sized context for you … Continue reading

September 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Ninth Week

So you did not finish writing the novel you were going to write. So you neglected the sourdough starter you were going to bake with. So the weights You were … Continue reading

September 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Eighth Week

At the start of every month I tell myself that this is the month in which the pandemic will finally come to an end. Of course I know that I … Continue reading

September 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Seventh Week

Fortunately, I am not religious for if I were a believer I imagine that the sight of the four horsemen trotting back and forth across the headlines week after week … Continue reading

September 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

The Climate of Despair – Climate Change, COVID-19, and the Feeling of Impending Doom

“It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.” – Walter Benjamin   Whenever the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues … Continue reading

September 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Sixth Week

No matter how ardent is your attempt you will never succeed in keeping a hurricane from making landfall by standing alone on the beach and blowing at the sky. * … Continue reading

September 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Fifth Week

Of course we know that there are events occurring in the world other than the plague but that does not mean that we can blithely ignore the plague. * Prometheus … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Fourth Week

How distressing it is to be reminded that this wretched pandemic is not the only worsening catastrophe in which we are embroiled. * We can howl with grief. We can … Continue reading

August 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventy-Third Week

How exhausting it is to begin your week knowing that by week’s end the situation will have become even more dire. And how exhausting it is when you come to … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Technological Lessons from the Pandemic

“The public be damned is the private motto of the majority of our citizens: which means that they are damning themselves; and at a serious crisis like the present one, … Continue reading

August 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

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