In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 7

The waiting’s the worst, in a way. I’m used to the solitude, for that is the way of writers. No solitude, no writing. But, again, this is different. Words from others who’ve survived plagues seem to offer some solace now, a morbid preoccupation. And I’m not the only one with this symptom of the times. … More In a State of Siege: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Day 7

The Black Death Revisited, Momentarily

All the talk about swine flu (April 2009) naturally calls up images of the catastrophic 14th-century pandemic of bubonic plague. Or the Black Death, as it came to be called, because of the gangrenous flesh of its victims, thanks to the disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), or purpura, that occurred. Actually, three types of plague appeared: … More The Black Death Revisited, Momentarily