How COVID-19 Will Reshape Us

The Pandemic Will Wane. Ins and Outs of Daily Life Are Staying on Zoom

Those of us who have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic will almost certainly never forget it. Like my father-in-law who lived through the Depression and could never bear to use a paper towel only once; or my friend Anna who survived the 1941 siege of Moscow and armed herself for decades afterward with stocks of soap and salt, we pandemic people will probably always buy extra rolls of toilet paper. We’ll be comfortable wearing masks. We may even keep baking sourdough bread.

But as we slog through what will clearly now …

I Dream of Jetlag | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

I Dream of Jetlag

After 12 Years in the Sky, a Flight Attendant Braces for Furloughs and Adjusts to Life on the Ground

Last year, a time in history I want to mark as 2019 BC—that is, Before COVID—I was at the height of my flight attendant career. I had just reached the …

There’s a Special Place in Dante’s Purgatory for Wafflers and Neutral Souls | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

There’s a Special Place in Dante’s Inferno for Wafflers and Neutral Souls

From MLK and JFK to Gavin Newsom, Dante’s Misquoters Still Get to the Heart of the Poet's Disdain for Moral Cowardice

Dante’s Divine Comedy, an epic poem recounting the Florentine’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, remains the go-to guide to the afterlife, the world’s most famous travelogue for the great …

Can Anything Cure the Pandemic of Waiting and Worrying? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Can Anything Cure the Pandemic of Waiting and Worrying?

A Psychologist of Uncertainty Has Some Ideas to Help Us Cope With This Unprecedented Time

The sources of uncertainty are numerous right now. Will my job still be there when the pandemic ends? When can I see my friends and family again? Is it safe …