covid-19

Louise Erdrich’s ‘The Sentence’ Is a Ghost Story and Epitaph for the Covid Shutdown

Louise Erdrich’s ‘The Sentence’ Is a Ghost Story and Epitaph for the Covid Shutdown

Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence becomes a way to acknowledge the surrealism that has always pulsated just beneath the surface of American life.

The Making of Our “Viral Underclass”

The Making of Our “Viral Underclass”

The Viral Underclass digs into capitalism, Big Pharma, “Gay-Inc.” and other factors surrounding Covid-19 and HIV that force a greater toll on the already marginalized.

Guitarist Nate Mercereau Transcends in Finding Solace in Isolation

Guitarist Nate Mercereau Transcends in Finding Solace in Isolation

The pandemic has yielded a number of lockdown musical creations, but guitarist Nate Mercereau captures the sadness and quiet joy better than most.

Did the Pandemic Shutdown Change Hollywood for Good?

Did the Pandemic Shutdown Change Hollywood for Good?

The entertainment industry had to change when COVID-19 closed almost all its operations. Media scholar Kate Fortmueller considers the lasting effect.

‘Chrono Trigger’ and Coping with Pandemic Trauma through Video Games

‘Chrono Trigger’ and Coping with Pandemic Trauma through Video Games

Coping with the COVID-19 shutdown via a video game, where I have control over the apocalyptic outcome, was what I needed. Chrono Trigger delivered.

On Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” in a Time of Forbidden Touch

On Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” in a Time of Forbidden Touch

Peter Gabriel’s “I Have the Touch” perfectly captures the agonizing isolation that so many of us have been experiencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Our Purgatory of Consumerism

COVID-19 and Our Purgatory of Consumerism

Our pandemic quarantine has become the sublime enactment of Baudrillard's theory of consumption – that modern consumption, with its myth of individual liberty and choice, is in fact 'de-socialising'.

How Musicians Are Surviving the Pandemic — and the Music Industry

How Musicians Are Surviving the Pandemic — and the Music Industry

Nine US-based musicians discuss surviving and adapting to the changing music industry in our extraordinarily challenging time of pandemic shutdown.

Is Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Ironic?

Is Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis Ironic?

Just hours before tweeting that he was COVID positive, Trump recorded a speech wherein he opined that "The end of the pandemic is in sight."

For Don DeLillo, ‘The Silence’ Is Deafening

For Don DeLillo, ‘The Silence’ Is Deafening

In Don DeLillo’s The Silence, it is much like our post-pandemic life – everything changed but nothing happened. Are we listening?

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species (excerpt)

The Story of Life in 10 1/2 Species (excerpt)

If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This excerpt of Marianne Taylor's The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species explores in text and photos the tiny but powerful earthling, the virus.

Fire in the Time of Coronavirus

Fire in the Time of Coronavirus

If we venture out our front door we might inhale both a deadly virus and pinpoint flakes of ash. If we turn back in fear we may no longer have a door behind us.