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Humanist Archives: March 22, 2020, 8:18 a.m. Humanist 33.679 - we continue

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 679.
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        Date: 2020-03-22 08:03:10+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: we continue

Dear colleagues,

As you can see, Humanist continues -- in its Editor's self-imposed 
isolation, it is true, but Humanist continues. 

From a close relation who is a clinician and administrator in a major 
hospital, I have a deeply moving account of what it's like at the 
sharp end. I will spare you the details. But I pass along his telling 
comparison of a current momentary lull in demand to "a receding ocean 
before a tsunami." 

Only as an aside he speaks of "the importance of people needing to
adhere to the shelter-in-place order" that obtains where he lives. I
pass this recommendation on to you, and suggest that those of you who
are not front-line workers exercise the more historical and
philosophical turns of mind which are given opportunity by physical
confinement. You can only bake a certain number of cakes! Composing 
reflective notes to Humanist can be good therapy :-).

In that spirit, I recommend Susan Sontag's 1978 essay, "Disease as
Political Metaphor", republished by the New York Review of Books at

Comments are of course welcome!

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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