New York City
February 22, 2020

Pattern

They’re caucusing in Nevada today. Voters organize themselves in the corners of gymnasiums and hotel conference rooms. The networks were not happy with the result. How can a socialist win 49% of a six-candidate field? Editorialists wring their hands. Meanwhile, an artificial intelligence program predicted the migration patterns after the seas begin to rise. The machine says tens of millions of people will flood into Las Vegas as well as Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, and Houston.

The subway seems more erratic lately. Short bursts of speed followed by sudden stops and lurches. We look up from our phones to see if anyone else is afraid. Maybe this is emblematic of something.

They did an MRI and said I have acute patellar tendinitis in my left knee. A physical therapist gave me a big green rubberband to wrap around my shins and taught me to do exercises with names like clamshell and butterfly. These are gestures no grown man should perform. I did not go back. I’ll live with the pain. I read an article about a woman who abandoned her children because she believed she’d been chosen to be raptured by god. I wonder if somebody like that experiences knee pain.


Andy Stott – Bad Wires

From We Stay Together | Modern Love, 2011 | More

Everything’s on the fritz but it’s got a hell of a beat. See also: Sea level rise could reshape the United States, trigger migration inland.

Each night in 2020 I'm writing a short post for a series called Notes From the End of a World because I want to etch these days into my memory before I forget them. Before the world changes completely.
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