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A Hell of a Year – Reflections on 2020

“I do not believe that things will turn out well, but the idea that they might is of decisive importance.” – Max Horkheimer 2020 was a hell of a year. … Continue reading

December 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Plague Poems – The Eighth Week

Freedom is not a concept that can be easily defined. But I am sure that there must be more to freedom than shopping. * You who enjoy the parks while … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · 14 Comments

A Failure of the Imagination – COVID-19 and Catastrophe

“I have published these words in order to prevent them from becoming true. If we do not stubbornly keep in mind the strong probability of the disaster, and if we … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · 8 Comments

Plague Poems – The Seventh Week

Before you face the new week pause and remember the horrors of the previous week. By this week’s end last week’s many tragedies will be forgotten displaced by new woeful … Continue reading

May 6, 2020 · 14 Comments

Plague Poems – The Third Week

It is not that the days of the week have (truly) lost all sense of meaning. But that the anxiety and loathing we once felt regarding Monday is now applicable … Continue reading

April 9, 2020 · 14 Comments

Plague Poems – The Second Week

Needing the air, I briefly stepped outside. Fearing the others needing the air, I swiftly stepped inside. * If I had children I would tell them not to be frightened. … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · 15 Comments

What studying disasters has taught me about COVID-19

“Civilization, the orderly world in which we live, is frail. We are skating on thin ice.” – Zygmunt Bauman.   For the last several years, when people have asked me … Continue reading

March 26, 2020 · 12 Comments

Plague Poems – The First Week

It is said that during the plague the bard wrote King Lear. Perhaps, but how many did not live to see it performed? * When they said “go out” I … Continue reading

March 24, 2020 · 59 Comments

The End of the World?

Except  this star there is nothing, I thought, and it Is a wasteland. It is our only refuge and this Is what it looks like. – Brecht   1. First, … Continue reading

January 23, 2020 · 10 Comments

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