Tag Archives: COVID-19

Flaubert Would Have Had Trump’s Number

“Madame Bovary” gives us insight into why Trump botched the Covid response.

Posted in Flaubert (Gustave) | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Joyce’s Eveline & Vaccine Resistance

Republicans refusing the Covid vaccine remind me of Eveline in Joyce’s “Dubliners.”

Posted in Joyce (James) | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Covid Dreams of Seaside Cliffs

For those feeling stir crazy from Covid quarantining, this Christina Rossetti sonnet is for you.

Posted in Rossetti (Christina) | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Shots That Signal a Promising Future

I’ve just had my second Covid shot, which has me thinking of Alexander Hamilton’s shot in Miranda’s musical. Pip’s cautious optimism about the future also comes to mind.

Posted in Dickens (Charles), Miranda (Lin-Manuel) | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Plague Lit on Life Returning to Normal

Plague Lit teaches us how people behave DURING plagues. How about how they behave when life returns to normal? Camus may be best on this.

Posted in Camus (Albert), Defoe (Daniel), Shelley (Mary) | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pit, the Pendulum, and Covid Relief

If Covid has offered a choice between the pit and the pendulum, then the vaccines and the Covid relief bill have been the liberating French army.

Posted in Poe (Edgar Allan) | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of Hope: The Night Cloud Is Hueing

With the passage of the Covid relief bill and increased vaccinations, Hardy’s “Song for Hope” seems appropriate.

Posted in Hardy (Thomas) | Also tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stronger in the Broken Places

Joe Biden picked the perfect Hemingway quote for his Covid address to the nation.

Posted in Hemingway (Ernest) | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Our Time in the Covid Sewers

Reading “Les Misérables” while awaiting a Covid shot led me to compare our pandemic experience and Jean Valjean’s trek through the sewers.

Posted in Hugo (Victor) | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

  • AVAILABLE NOW!

  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

  • Sign up for weekly newsletter

    Your email will not be shared or sold.
    * = required field

    powered by MailChimp!