Rumblings Among the Dispossessed Rumblings Among the Dispossessed    |   By Sjors Roeters
  Shelter in place, they ordered. Stay home, they said. Tonight I have neighbors for a change. I’m new on the block. I parked my van next to a family along the Pacific Coast Highway, half an hour west of Los Angeles. The stuffed garbage bags outside their beat-up car indicate that they’ve been living […]
April 28, 2020



Dutch doctors in the epicenter in New York City Dutch doctors in the epicenter in New York City    |   By Jaap Jan Boelens and Leontine van Elden
  Every evening at seven o’clock we listen to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers cheering in support of all the healthcare workers and other essential workers in emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. Our kids are proud of us: “They are cheering for you too!” When we moved to New York City […]
April 24, 2020



My Life as a Dog My Life as a Dog    |   By Leon Neyfakh
  I had gotten pretty good about feeling lucky even before all this happened. But I’m now more conscious of my luck than ever, both in terms of the big picture – I am young, healthy, self-employed – as well as all the circumstantial reasons that have allowed me to experience the pandemic not as […]
April 21, 2020



Quiet Spring in Rock Creek Park Quiet Spring in Rock Creek Park    |   By Bas Blokker
  Rituals Every morning my editor calls from the Netherlands. We discuss what we think is happening in the United States, what we’ve read or seen, and what could be a topic for me to write about. He used to call from the Amsterdam office of the national daily NRC Handelsblad, a four-storied workspace in […]
April 17, 2020



All In All We Be Blessed All In All We Be Blessed    |   By Michael Martin
  After leaving the Netherlands ten years ago my family and I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where we still rent an old red-brick parsonage adjoining a Moravian church. Directly across our street is an elementary school and around the corner a middle school; within a couple of blocks you’ve got two more churches, a […]
April 13, 2020



False Reassurance False Reassurance    |   By Casper Thomas
  Life under lockdown in Washington DC has quickly led to new habits. The daily late-afternoon walk ranks in the category ‘pleasant’. The Corona-crisis has turned parts of DC into what sometimes resembles a Southern European city: countless people just going around the neighbourhood, stopping for a chat. People on the streets instead of cars. […]
April 10, 2020



How We Live Now How We Live Now    |   By Russell Shorto
  My wife and I both work from home. We live in a small town in the mountains of western Maryland, which is always quiet. So: not much change. Except that our 10 year old is no longer in school, and our 19 year old is back from his first year at university. Both of […]
April 6, 2020



A Stage Set without Actors or Audience A Stage Set without Actors or Audience    |   By Brian Rose
  As a photographer, the concept of sheltering in place is foreign to my instincts, but here in New York, in the midst of this invisible infectious storm, we have been ordered to stay at home. However, we are permitted the liberty of taking walks as long as we maintain the requisite social distance of […]
April 3, 2020



Celebrating a Birthday – via Zoom Celebrating a Birthday – via Zoom    |   By Deborah Frieden
  It was time for my first social distancing Happy Hour. On the block where I live, in Oakland, California, my neighbors stepped out onto their porches or front yards with a drink and we all toasted each other from a safe distance. My husband and I live at the bottom of a hill. So […]
March 30, 2020



At Sea Without A Captain At Sea Without A Captain    |   by Kim Wehle
  The question of how America is dealing with COVID-19 warrants a response on at least three levels: the personal, the political, and the ethical. On a personal level, the feeling in the United States seems to toggle between anxiety and fear on the one hand and, by some reports, indifference on the other. I […]
March 27, 2020



Can New York City Lose its Twinkle? Can New York City Lose its Twinkle?    |   by David van der Leer
  Questions are typically more appealing to me than the right answers, but tonight I realized I am yearning for answers to questions I had been avoiding for weeks. It is 9 pm and I am standing on the roof of my apartment building in Chelsea. We are sandwiched between the skyline of the Financial […]
March 24, 2020