Careful How You Hate on Philadelphia
How we think about a failure to social-distance in the 1918 pandemic affects how we deal with it today.
April 22, 2020
What We Miss Without Museums
Museums know the desires of our hands. The special presence of paintings comes from their being at once untouchable and viscerally evocative of touch.
April 21, 2020
Tuning In to Instagram D.J.s
A live feed feels like a sign of life, a connection bridging our social distances.
April 17, 2020
Grieving with Brahms
There is enormous sadness in his work, a sadness that glows with understanding.
April 16, 2020
Artistic Strategies for Co-Working in Tight Quarters
More important than a rule’s efficacy is its recognition that “psychic privacy” is an important mutual goal, one that deserves frank conversation and regular maintenance.
April 15, 2020
Reading Derek Jarman Is Strangely Consoling
It’s a resonant experience to take in the late filmmaker’s dispatches from the AIDS epidemic during our current crisis.
April 13, 2020
The American Exception
Death comes to all—but in America it has long been considered reasonable to offer the best chance of delay to the highest bidder.
April 10, 2020
From Japan, a Mascot for the Pandemic
A nineteenth-century talisman for disease finds new relevance in a virus-weary country.
April 9, 2020
The Truth About Isaac Newton’s Productive Plague
The idea that the bubonic plague woke the brilliance in Newton is both wrong and misleading as a measure of how well we apply ourselves during our own plague spring.
April 6, 2020
A Moment to Rethink How We Support Music
Fund-raisers, grants, and governmental relief are all helping to keep musical artists afloat. Yet the industry may already be showing signs of permanent damage.
April 2, 2020