The recent trend of residents leaving a food-filled panier solidaire (solidarity basket) on street corners for Marseille’s many homeless reminds us of the ties that bind here.
The possibility of reading lurks at the back of my mind as an act of hubris, a selfish intellectual luxury, a scandalous disavowal of my domestic duties.
There is something, if not biblical, then numinous, mystical even, about the truths this virus manages to reveal about us.
But, because public health and safety is a balancing act between freedom and restriction, we are also encouraged to exercise in the open air—as long as we don’t stop, gather in groups, or play games.
“What becomes of the past if the future snaps off, brittle, the present left as a jagged edge opening on nothing?”