A chalk lecture on Broadway

We live in a culture defined by putting on a mask before taking a selfie and then removing it again. Some people seem to take deep pleasure in scolding those who aren’t wearing masks, and some people flaunt their bare faces like a dare. I’m not sure which energy is more worrisome.

There are advertisements on street corners and bus stops for events that will never occur: festivals, fundraising walks, art exhibits, and summer concerts. The billboards for vacation destinations and airlines look like dispatches from another world.

DVA Damas – Half-Mask

Nightshade | Downwards, 2013 | Bandcamp
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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