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The Pandemic Is a Marathon Without a Finish Line. How Can We Win?

With the positive news about the Covid-19 vaccine trials, I assume many of you have started to think about the potential end of the pandemic — what we’ll do, where we’ll go, who we’ll see, and reckon with what’s changed and what’s been lost. I know I have. Alex Hutchinson has written an intriguing piece on what sports science might be able to tell us...

Five Quick Links for Wednesday Noonish

Legendary football star Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60. [espn.com]Social Unrest Is the Inevitable Legacy of the Covid Pandemic. "Throughout history, plagues have caused upheaval and revolts. This pandemic will be no different." [bloomberg.com]A short history of Very Special Episodes on TV shows and the lessons about drugs, AIDS, and school...

Imagining a Covid-19 Pandemic Memorial

Even though we’re still in the midst of it, The Atlantic commissioned three designers/artists to design hypothetical Covid-19 memorials. Ian Bogost writes: So this might seem like a strange time to imagine memorializing the pandemic in a formal way. A premature time. Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial was conceived in 1981, six years after the...

Our Friend

That’s the trailer for Our Friend, a movie based on the true story told in this Esquire article by Matthew Teague: The Friend: Love Is Not a Big Enough Word. His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for...

Two Quick Links for Wednesday Morning

Meghan Markle writes about the grief she felt over her miscarriage this summer and connects it to the grief we're all feeling, one way or another, because of the pandemic. [nytimes.com]How to get good at chess. "You need to be endlessly fascinated by it and see its infinite potential. Be willing to embrace the complexity; enjoy the adventure." [theguardian.com]...

Four Quick Links for Tuesday Afternoon

This video introduced me to NF, a rapper who doesn't swear, doesn't beef w/ others, raps about mental illness, and wears his vulnerability on his sleeve. [youtube.com]Margaret Thatcher in a private audience with the Queen. (Literally laughed until I cried watching this...) [twitter.com]"The reconstructed infectiousness profile of a typical SARS-CoV-2...

A Framework for the Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Now that the preliminary results of various Covid-19 vaccine trials are coming out (and looking promising), attention is turning to the eventual distribution of the vaccines. The logistics of getting the doses out to hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices is one concern but so is the question of who should get vaccinated first. Supplies of the vaccines...

Raising Baby Grey, a Gender-Neutral Child

In this short film from Alex Mallis, we meet a Bronx couple who are raising their child Grey in a gender-neutral way until they make a decision for themselves. No single gender wardrobes or toy collections and they/them pronouns. Really the goal here is, it’s not about me trying to force anything on Grey, it’s actually the exact opposite. And we...

250 Days of Daily Pandemic Drawings

Author and illustrator Edward Carey has been making a drawing a day since the beginning of the pandemic. He recently completed his 250th drawing, with “no end in sight, alas”. He’s posting each day’s drawing to Instagram; here are a few of my recent favorites: And the whole lot laid out on the floor: That’s so many days. (via austin...

Six Quick Links for Tuesday Noonish

We Do This 'Til We Free Us is a forthcoming collection of essays and interviews "on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer and educator Mariame Kaba." [bookshop.org]This could join the annals of significant accidental scientific discoveries: AstraZeneca's more effective 1/2 dose + full dose regimen...

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