Tag Archives: pandemics

The Courage to Face the Darkness

In “IT” Stephen King shows how Americans close their eyes to horrific truths. Certain Americans have been closing their eyes to COVID19, showing King to know what he’s talking about.

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Illness in 19th Century Lit

19th century literature is filled with images of illness. Reading it should make us grateful to the advances in medical science.

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It’s a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

For those of us living in the lull before the COVID-19 storm, Swift’s “Description of a City Shower” captures what we’re experiencing–and about to experience.

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King on How Pandemics Spread

The coronavirus pandemic brings to mind Stephen King’s “The Stand.” There, the government starts the virus. In our own world, Trump has disassembled the agencies designed to stop pandemics.

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