#136: Bright Lights, Big City

The last newsletter I sent that wasn’t haunted by COVID-19 went out on February 21, a day I remember vividly. I went to a Knicks game that evening and then flew to Mexico City the next day, returning a week later to a milieu in which every conversation started with the virus, the entire United States was about to shut down, and the activities I just described would soon seem like an impossible dream. There was no “cities are over” narrative yet—that would lag the pandemic by at least a few weeks—but the newsletter I sent that day addressed the newly-opened, accidentally-prescient

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