• JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

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  • 40 Days and 40 Nights

    Geandy Pavón

    Imara López-Boada

    Day 1

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    Day 2

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    Day 3

    Perseus and Medusa

    Day 4

    The Origin of Drawing (Dibutades and the Shepard)

    Day 5

    Untitled

    Day 6

    Stay home Stay Safe

    Day 7

    Echo and Narcissus

    Day 8

    Domestic

    Day 9

    Adam and Eve

    Day 10

    The Annunciation

    Day 11

    War of the Worlds

    Day 12

    Vanitas

    Day 13

    Pietá

    Day 14

    The Lonely Fortune Teller - After George La Tour

    Day 15 

    Salome

    Day 16

    Portrait of Charlotte Corday

    Day 17

    Apollo and Daphne

    Day 18

    Pandora

    Day 19

    The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

  • SEIZING THE DAY: NEW AND RECENT

  • AMERICA'S TRIALS

    A Special Report from Journal of the Plague Year

     

    After the last presidential debate, we all realized that the immediate crisis could very well come to an end Nov. 3. Dire predictions of civil war turn out to be fantasies. America's basic structures withstand the greatest threat they've faced, a concatenation of historical trends that are destabilizing countries around the world turbocharged by our own darkness, anger, dislocation, trauma and grief that in the words of one of our contributors, hark back to the damaged souls who landed at Plymouth Rock.

     

    This week, we publish a series of essays and articles linked to the release of Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago Seven. The movie draws parallels between the 1960s and the present. Our writers, who range in age from 22 to 70-something (but who's counting?) bring distinct sensibilities to the question of where we go from here.

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    MUSIC

    The Soundtrack for Your Seclusion

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    POETICS

  • BRINGING OUT THE DEAD

    Obits, Epitaphs, Anecdotes, and Near-Misses

  • DREAMING THE PANDEMIC

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