quarantine
“Nothing Like a Pandemic,” by George Choundas.

“Nothing Like a Pandemic,” by George Choundas.

Chess, mooning, candy shopping: A kid grows up in family isolation. “It’s like losing a tennis match to someone who calls her racket a thingie.” Day X I teach Claire chess. She’s nine. After example moves, and a few trial runs, we play a full game. I don’t give 100%. I don’t roll over, either....
“Two Broken Feet,” by Kathleen de Azevedo.

“Two Broken Feet,” by Kathleen de Azevedo.

Differences in healing pre- and post-pandemic. “I felt a sense of creeping dread, made worse by the feeling that I could not run away.” http://www.metmuseum.org/ My last essay for Broad Street told of my trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when I broke my foot. On that trip to my birthplace, I wanted to prove my...
“Aurora Borealis,” a stroll with Harry Kollatz, Jr., through Nature, Disaster, Memory.

“Aurora Borealis,” a stroll with Harry Kollatz, Jr., through Nature, Disaster, Memory.

“These days, the natural world around us is magnificent as a Baroque painting adorned by blooms and birdsong …” “The summer of 1914 would have been memorable for us even without the doom which it spread over the European earth,” author Stefan Zweig recalled in his book The World of Yesterday. “Throughout the days and nights...
"Epicenter," by Amira Pierce: New York empties out.

“Epicenter,” by Amira Pierce: New York empties out.

“Our New York is scraped raw and almost eerily still…” “Epicenter” is a word they’ve said, we’ve said, I’ve said, you’ve said. Before, I didn’t care but this time I wish we meant it was the fashion epicenter, the entertainment epicenter, the business epicenter. And people who aren’t here ask from my computer monitor, “How is...
“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD:  A neuroscientist explains transmission.

“No One Is Intrinsically Immune,” by Christopher Bradley, MD: A neuroscientist explains transmission.

If the surface were “human,” our immune system would not recognize it as “foreign,” and we would not develop immunity. A pangolin, or spiny anteater, in defensive posture. Where do I start? I’m a molecular biologist, a neuroscientist, and a practicing physician (so I deal with infections). I am not a virologist, nor an infectious...