Looking at the state of the world today, perhaps we need more architectural details designed to scare away demons.

They’ve run out of names for this year’s tropical storms, so now they’re using the Greek alphabet. Beta developed this afternoon. More disturbances lurk near the Gulf. Disturbed weather. Disorganized currents. It’s the language of shambling through life, trying to pull it together. Meanwhile, the number of people who’ve died from coronavirus creeps toward 200,000. It’s now the third most common cause of death in this country.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died today. Before her death, she dictated this statement: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” 46 days to go. The New York Times is running a Live Ruth Bader Ginsburg Death Updates and Tracker. This country’s fever is going to burn so much hotter before it breaks.

I heard somebody outside my window say, “It’s more of a process than an event.”

Each night in 2020, I wrote a short post for a series called Notes From the End of a World because I wanted to etch these days into my memory. Before the world changed completely.
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