Virus and the City: Social Distance

I’m assuming these were directions about where to stand outside the post office, which is now closed for the duration. The USPS is not closed, just certain branches. With everyone staying home we don’t need every site open. Notice again that there are zero people out on the street when I took this shot. It’s still mind-blowing for a city dweller to see this every day.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Virus and the City: Social Distance

  1. Oh, my God. I LOVE this photo. There’s something so despairing about it. It almost makes me feel like we’re looking at a city like Pripyat, where everything was just abandoned and left to disintegrate in a hurry, even though I know people are just inside. This photo, dare I say it, is a fine piece of art that beautifully expresses one aspect of the pandemic; it stirs an emotional reaction. That’s artwork I’d actually run on the cover of 34 ORCHARD. There’s been talk in some of the fiction writing circles lately about the appropriateness of creating fiction/other kinds of art and publishing it during or just after this pandemic. I disagree with the thought that we shouldn’t do it. We absolutely should–this is the stuff that unites us, and after this is over, it is the stuff that will remind us. I looked at this and got chills. Thank you for posting it.

  2. I couldn’t agree more (and thank you for the compliment). AND, we need things to read now more than ever. I’ve got a bunch of books piled up that I need to read for research, and I’m so glad to have them.

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