A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 122

July 30, 2020

Wednesday, July 29 Troubles with my website continue. After further conversation with another rep from the web host Media Temple, who can find nothing wrong, in the late afternoon I tried logging on again—and once again get the message that the Mac’s web browser Safari can’t find the server. Then, a brainwave! I tried getting […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 121

July 29, 2020

Now, there are problems with this website, and I’m still having problems with our Internet connection even though we now have a temporary Optimum connection. Today, when I first tried to connect to this site, I was told that I couldn’t connect to the server. I spent some time on the phone yesterday with the […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 120

July 25, 2020

Friday, July 24 Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV. In a rational society, Trump would be institutionalized (maybe at Mar-a-Lago) and treated by a therapist for his excruciating, incapacitating insecurity–as shown in his need to assert, despite all evidence, that he does well on tests.  For it is tests that come up time and again: the […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 119

July 24, 2020

Thursday, July 23 Yesterday, a set of unusual markings appeared in our yard and out in the street—circles, letters, numbers, and arrows in red, orange, and blue. I saw no one making the markings, and they are as indecipherable as the hieroglyphs of an ancient race—but they portend the arrival of our new Internet connection.  […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 118

July 23, 2020

Wednesday, July 22 “And might it not be… that we have appointments to keep in the past, in what has gone before and is for the most part extinguished…?” —W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz And might it not be that we keep such appointments via our dreams? “One may be born with the potential for a prodigious […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 117

July 21, 2020

Monday, July 20 The cable guy from Optimum just came and, after looking around in the house and in the basement, he announced that the cable from the street to our house was old and inoperative. So, he says, he’ll arrange for a crew to come in over the next few days and install a […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 116

July 19, 2020

Saturday, July 18 It’s supposed to be hot and dry for the next several days. Limited Internet means I can’t check e-mail or my bank balance easily, nor is it easy to pay bills, so they may have to wait. I’m bringing capitalism to its knees one unpaid bill at a time. Some 25% of […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 115

July 17, 2020

The beach scene at Three Mile Harbor. Thursday, July 16 It’s very difficult to establish any Internet connection today using our Verizon mobile hotspot. So I have set up an appointment with Optimum to come and install a modem and router on Monday. Then with their cable connection, our Internet and email links should be […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 114

July 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 15 For several years now, Emily has been a dutiful solver of The New York Times Crossword Puzzle. When she was 10, she began doing the Sunday puzzle (which of course is more challenging than the daily puzzles). Then, after a hiatus of many years, she returned to doing the Sunday brain-beater and […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 113

July 15, 2020

Tuesday, July 14 On this Bastille Day, one can make good use of lockdown time by reading historian Robert Darnton’s penetrating essay on the French Revolution, provided via The New York Review of Books. Consider these words, suddenly more apt than ever: “We take the world as it comes and cannot imagine it organized differently, […]

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