A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 10

March 23, 2020

Wednesday, March 18 I’m up at 6:30, and it’s still dark outside. Without my glasses on, the moon looks very odd, perhaps it’s a half moon. Within 15 minutes, the sky begins to get light, and the birds begin their daily symphony. I set up the bread machine last night, and a loaf of light […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 9

March 22, 2020

Tuesday, March 17 Anticipating a trip to the supermarket, the question is—which one? There are three within range, and all may be crowded and lacking in inventory. The largish IGA in Amagansett says over the phone that they are expecting a shipment on Wednesday morning, so the best time to come might be then, at […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 8

March 22, 2020

Monday, March 16 My back is aching, possibly the result of computer work from an unsuitable position or from sleeping on our aging mattress. I get up earlier than I would like, well before 7 a.m., just in time to see two guys deliver some large appliance (a dishwasher? a six-burner stove?) to the still-being-constructed […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 7

March 21, 2020

Sunday, March 15 Still sunny and cool. Are the nation’s churches crowded or empty, I wonder. Georgia delays its presidential primary till May 19. The tech-oriented city of Menlo Park, Calif., sends out an email announcing “sweeping changes,” including a ban of all gatherings of over 50 people and “severe preventative measures for any that […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 6

March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 14  Another sunny, low-40s day. The birds love it: Our feeder draws a crowd each day, including a brilliant red cardinal who comes early, leaves, and returns later for a crepuscular nosh. Their seeming happiness and the slightly warmer weather echoes the irony of Camus’ plague account, in which flowers bloom riotously even […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 5

March 20, 2020

March 13, a Friday Cuba announces its first three cases, all Italian tourists. A teen in Britain is sent home from school for selling hits of hand sanitizer for 50p per squirt. Satellite imagery shows that Iran has dug a pair of massive burial trenches outside of Qom, the country’s seventh largest city and a […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 4

March 20, 2020

March 12 In an effort to keep out the “foreign virus,’ last night Trump banned all visitors from Europe but not from the U.K. Presumably that means he can still get to his golf course in Scotland. Republicans blocked a bill that would have offered sick Americans 14 days of emergency paid sick leave.  One […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 3

March 19, 2020

March 11 We are learning a lot about standing in lines: lines to vote, lines to get food. Another idle day looms. 46 degrees and sunny, so what’s to complain about? Biden wins the prized Michigan primary along with Mississippi, Idaho, and Missouri. Bernie apparently wins North Dakota. Washington state remains too close to call.  […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 2

March 19, 2020

March 10 A moderately cloudy, windy, and colder day here in East Hampton. Oatmeal with honey for breakfast, and soonish I will doff these pajamas and take a shower.  At 12:04 p.m., an unbreakfasted Emily lingers in bed reading Twitter and assorted news reports. Business Insider says that the U.S. has had only 5 coronavirus […]

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A Journal of the Plague Year 2020

March 18, 2020

On March 5, Emily and I fled New York City for our East Hampton cottage, our car loaded with canned goods, cold remedies, and a few clothes. How long will we stay? We are in a self-quarantine, fleeing the spreading COVID-19, the China-originating coronavirus that threatens humanity across the planet. By March 9, the novel […]

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