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Monthly Archives: July, 2020

A QUARANTINE QUERY

WHO’D YOU LEAST like being quarantined with? Anna Whitelock, head of history at Royal Holloway, University of London, assembled responses to this Twitter query in one of the Talking Points … Continue reading

July 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON POST-PANDEMIC NORMALCY PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE SHARED insights about post-pandemic normalcy from a professor of psychological science, public health, and medicine. Today in Part 2, young scientists focus their thoughts on the year 2040. … Continue reading

July 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

ON POST-PANDEMIC NORMALCY PART 1

I MAKE TWO assumptions here: first, that the presence of Covid-19 will eventually diminish to the point of other viruses. These include, in no particular order, smallpox, chickenpox, measles, mumps, … Continue reading

July 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 2

YESTERDAY, A WAGNER opera taught us that chemical enhancement of boy meets girl can lead to trouble. Today in Part 2, Tristan and Isolde aren’t the only ones encountering life’s … Continue reading

July 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

A LOVE POTION GONE AWRY PART 1

I ENJOYED WATCHING Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, part of the Metropolitan Opera’s free streaming. This opera generates ecstatic appreciation from some and bored derision from others. I place myself in … Continue reading

July 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

AUTO NEWS—THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE DOPEY

FOR AWHILE THERE, the world’s pandemic put something of a hold on automotive news. Now that we’re reopening and, not surprisingly, occasionally reclosing, there seems to be a lot of … Continue reading

July 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

A POSTCARD STASH

IT IS A commentary on our times that I send few postcards these days. For one, I’m not traveling. Plus, texting and e-mail are so immediately satisfying. And I don’t … Continue reading

July 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

SLED DOGS HAVE MUSHED SINCE THE HOLOCENE

GENOME STUDIES SHOW that modern sled dogs trace back to a 9500-year-old Siberian dog related to a 33,000-year-old Siberian wolf. In particular, they’re not related to any modern American wolves. … Continue reading

July 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS FROM A PHILOSOPHER WHO HAS STUDIED EVIL

THESE DAYS, THE United States is into moral introspection concerning governance, divisiveness, immigration, Black Lives Matter, Covid-19, and many other issues. Isaac Chotiner’s article “How to Confront a Racist National … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

CALAIS, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS, HENRY VIII, AND THE NAZIS PART 2

YESTERDAY, HILARY MANTEL’S The Mirror & the Light inspired me to learn more about the Pale of Calais, an English outpost across the Channel during the time of Henry VIII. … Continue reading

July 12, 2020 · Leave a comment