Though it’s often difficult now to sustain attention for reading during this global pandemic, here’s what I’ve found useful during this challenging time.
COVID-19 Serious Reading
Last week, The New York Review of Books published a moving account by Leslie Jamison about her experiences with COVID-19 a month after filing for divorce. I’ve taught Jamison’s work before and found this piece especially powerful. For something less personal and differently though provoking, I recommend Ed Yong’s piece “How Will the Coronavirus End?” at The Atlantic. Though I’m trying not to get overwhelmed by the news, I am finding some writing about COVID-19 that sticks with me.
COVID-19 Light Reading
I also want to share a few links to pieces that offer a little levity in the last couple of weeks:
“Famous Opening Lines: On Fleek” at McSweeney’s
“The first lines of classic novels, rewritten for social distancing” at LitHub
And here are a couple of links to things to watch and listen to:
Tabula Poëtica on YouTube, where you can find video-recordings of our visiting poets; note that some are readings, whereas others are poetry talks on various subjects.
“Stella’s Best Leaf Jumps of All Time” on YouTube, which has nothing to do with poetry but everything to do with joy