• Unlikely events can trigger great publications. The New York Review of Books was born in the midst of the 1962 New York newspaper strike that devastated book reviews. The horrors and dislocations of Covid-19 gave rise to a fledgling online publication with modest resources and great literary ambitions. The result has been the admirable Journal of a Plague Year that I read avidly for its sharp insights and graceful writing about the strangest days of our lives.

     

    — Walter Shapiro, who is covering his 11th presidential campaign for The New Republic and is also a lecturer in political science at Yale.

     

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