“I am supposed to be writing this essay, ostensibly on technology, but not for the first time, I believe I am unable to write; and not writing, doubt that I will I ever write again.”
The pandemic took the health inequalities generated by US imperialism, and made them worse.
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
What will our children remember of this time, when their play and freedom are confined—or freed—by the digital?
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
What might the dynamic of mental life look like when its physiological counterpart is ill, bedridden, and housebound?
If there is a way forward for the “pandemic novel,” it may be in Emma Donoghue’s claustrophobic settings of motherhood and childbirth.
Rather than accepting that a virus will come, we can learn how viruses live and thrive—and work to suppress them before they take off.
Disease has never been merely a biological phenomenon. Instead, all illnesses—including COVID-19—are social problems for humans to solve.
In this parodic installment of Shoptalk, we salute the year of conferences that have tried to be.
We can begin where we live, because our neighbors and neighborhoods shape us in ways that are invisible but invigorating.
COVID-19 is the first truly comprehensive crisis of the Anthropocene era, affecting virtually everyone on the planet.
If factory farming is the source of pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, could smaller-scale farms and communities—even in China—be the safest alternative?
In segregated neighborhoods throughout New York, memorials to those claimed by COVID-19 have appeared and evolved.
Withholding accurate information obscures both the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable and the resurgence of institutional violence.
Across the political spectrum, people deny how bad the state of the world is. No wonder the far right’s lies have such purchase.
Housing-justice movements ask: How can unhoused people be considered trespassers on state-owned land?
Today—as in 1968—it remains to be seen if McDonald’s pivot toward racial justice will mean anything for how it treats its scores of Black workers.
Before 2020, the relationship that is the body was already ailing. COVID-19 heightens the need to heal it.
In Delhi—a city of 17 million people—7.2 million residents already qualified for food aid before the pandemic. After, the numbers skyrocketed.