Tag: covid-19

Dear COVID-19, I’ve Read Your Pandemic Novel

Thanks for sending me your manuscript—nearly finished, I hope! It’s certainly some kind of achievement to literally capture your audience inside this sprawling dystopia. Your stakes recall the four horsemen, even your scenes of grocery shopping contain conflict, and you’ve…

Get Your Novel Out of Sweatpants

If there’s one thing we can all agree on this year, it’s that sweatpants are pretty great. Maybe we didn’t appreciate them enough pre-pandemic. Maybe we had an old pair from college, tucked away for years, that we now realize…

Coffee and Coronavirus

Getting dressed, I heard a crash from downstairs, both familiar and jarring. Something had broken. My wife gasped, “Oh no!” and then, unexpectedly, I heard tears. Still half-dressed, I ran downstairs to find her standing over her favorite coffee mug,…