A coronavirus reading list
In a time of pestilence. Plague poem from 1593. 'The world uncertain is.'
A Distant Mirror (US link). This has been on my list for a while. The Stoics tell us to prepare for the worst... 'Formidable and grand on a hilltop in Picardy, the five-towered castle of Coucy dominated the approach to Paris from the north, but whether as guardian or challenger of the monarchy in the capital was an open question.'
When the theatres re-open, will we also see productions of Moliere satirising whichever medical theories and journalism turn out to have been bogus? A Tartuffe of behavioural science?
Note that this list is designed to help you imagine life under very different conditions. The mistake many people are making is to think about how the world will revert to the old model. It will not.