The first quote in The New York Time’s Plague Season, Through the Eyes of Writers is by Virginia Woolf. “It was an uncertain spring.” Uncertain is a good way to put it. We don’t know how long this will last or what will happen when life is allowed to slowly wake up again. There’s a lot of uncertainty going on.
This spring has been more interesting than most. People are staying inside. Things are looking up because of it. But, it’s difficult to be going through this when there are so many mixed messages about everything regarding this situation. Things change every day. It shows that health organizations are run by humans and this new virus takes quite some time to fully understand. How helpful are masks? Is walking outside acceptable? Are family members who are also quarantining allowed to come by? What will life be like when we’re allowed to to do things again? What about a second and possibly third wave of this virus? How bad will it get? Each person will have a different response to these questions.
My therapist told me that in a lot of families he deals with, there’s one person who is more cautious than the rest of the family members. I’m that person in my family. I want everyone to be safe, so I want limited contact with the outside world. Both fortunately and unfortunately, you can’t control other people. I can’t control my parents comings and goings. Although, they have become a lot better about staying in because there’s literally nothing to do but go to the store. So they don’t have another choice but to remain indoors.
James Balwin said in his famous speech The Artist’s Struggle for Integrity, “[This is] a time … when something awful is happening to a civilization, when it ceases to produce poets, and, what is even more crucial, when it ceases in any way whatever to believe in the report that only the poets can make.” Writers, poets, and all artists see life differently. This is why they can make the work they do. It’s important to read their work, view their work, understand what they are trying to to say through their art. We all have a unique perspective. To offer some light in the darkness.
Below are some of my favorite quotes from The New York Times link I mentioned at the beginning. Beneath that are some links to some things that have been making me happy lately.
Take care of yourself.
“Some days felt longer than other days. Some days felt like two whole days.”
Josua Ferris, Then We Came To The End
“I’ve heard the saying “That sucks” for years without really being sure of what it meant. Now I think I know.”
Stephen King, The Stand
“One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.”
Gwendolyn Brooks, In The Mecca
“Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
“Do you periodically walk around and check to see that “the area is secure”?”
Padgett Powell, The Interrogative Mood
“I get so lonely sometimes, I could put a box on my head and mail myself to a stranger.”
Mary Karr, Lit
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
Attributed to Jean-Paul Sartre
“How we survived: we locked the doors and let nobody in.”
Ellen Bryan Voigt, Kyrie
“If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”
Clive James, Latest Readings
“When he is sick, every man wants his mother.”
Philip Roth, The Anatomy Lesson
Baseball is Back: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 3 – Some Good News
Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary – The New York Times
Emma Watson and Author Valerie Hudson Discuss “Sex and World Peace” – Teen Vogue
Ashley C. Ford Interview – OkReal
Maggie Rogers – Back In My Body – Official Documentary
The Nanny by Emma Cline – The Paris Review
everyday chocolate cake recipe – smitten kitchen
17 No-Bake Desserts For Everyone Who’s Too Exhausted To Bake – Huffington Post
The Functionally Dysfunctional Matriarchy of “Better Things” – The New Yorker
Conan Gray – The Story
Demi Lovato Finally Feels Free – Harper’s Bazaar
The Renegades – The New York Times
books that help – John Green
frances ha perfect shots – Twitter
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Hulu