The Subversive Call of Ordinary Life

In “How to Stay Calm During the Pandemic,” Harvard Kennedy School professor Arthur Brooks parses the difference between risk and uncertainty, between disappointment and regret, and what happens to us when we confuse, in each case, the one for the other. I appreciate the analysis. I’ve seen — we all have — what happens to … Continue reading The Subversive Call of Ordinary Life

“You Should Do Carry-Out”

All day long I’ve been dreading the governor’s press conference, dreading the announcement that’s due any day regarding the lifting of the stay-at-home order that has shuttered my place of employment since mid-March. I’m dreading the announcement because it will force a reckoning I’d rather postpone for a little while longer: that the work I’ve … Continue reading “You Should Do Carry-Out”


The fleas are tenacious this year. The youngest cat in the household has an allergy to flea bites and he has been miserable with them, but no one’s having an easy time of it. Standard treatments become ineffective as generation after generation of ever-hardier bugs develop resistance to drops, collars, and oral treatments. We’re all … Continue reading Bugs