How pandemics have previously ended: “a long and difficult process” of people, at different times, deciding they're done.
An appreciation of Stephen's Shores early 1970s series "American Surfaces" finds echoes in much of contemporary photography.
Archaeologists in northern Italy unearth a well-preserved mosaic floor thought to date to the third century A.D.

A "new" Philip Glass work has emerged, having gotten "lost" at some point in the 1970s. 

Performed a handful of times in 1970, the manuscript of the piece went missing until the score was rediscovered at Christie’s Auction House in New York City in late-2017. Composed right in the middle of Glass’s Minimalist period, in early 2018 the score was obtained by Glass’s publishers, Dunvagen Music Publishers. Alex Gray, music assistant at the publishing company, thought it would be interesting to realize the work for the instrumentation of the Philip Glass Ensemble: woodwinds, keyboard, and voice. As part of Gray’s research, he copied the score, made a synthesized demo of the piece, and he wrote a thesis on the project. The Philip Glass Ensemble then organized performances of this lost piece in the spring of 2020. It was to be the first time audiences would hear this music in five decades.  

Members of the Ensemble recently recorded their parts at home. Via kottke.

Portraits of older Vermonters staying inside.
“There is no moral excuse for writing off the elderly.” As we ease off lockdowns, older people remain disproportionately at risk.
Why stock prices are currently so highly correlated: "Every stock these days feels like a vaccine stock."
Some book covers of note for spring and summer.
Reading outside during lockdown offers "the stark opposite of that sweaty topless man barreling down the pavement."

Do many queers love Springsteen because nearly every song he has produced in his 50-year career reflects a crushing, unabiding sense of alienation and longing—and what could be more queer than that?

An essay by Naomi Gordon-Loebl on Bruce Springsteen’s ability “to speak not only to queer pain but also to queer survival.”

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In case you're still baking your way through the pandemic, Mark Bittman offers tips for his popular no-knead recipe.

A poem about the dangers of being seen.

"Connubial," by Stephen Dunn

Because with alarming accuracy   
she’d been identifying patterns   
I was unaware of—this tic, that   
tendency, like the way I’ve mastered   
the language of intimacy   
in order to conceal how I felt—   

I knew I was in danger   
of being terribly understood.

Via Poetry, February 2009

Due to its trade war with the US, China now trades more with Southeast Asia.
Photos of various types of plastic barriers put up to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
How an increase in disposable income in post-plague England gave rise to pub culture.
With its curve unflattened and new cases still on the rise, India is ending the world's largest lockdown.

Then, as now, people viewed diseases as coming from faraway lands, from “them,” not “us.” By the 1700s, the plague was sometimes even referred to as “la peste Levantina” or the Levantine plague, referring to the region of the world occupied by present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and much of Turkey.

When the plague hit Marseille in 1720, officials began a misinformation campaign—even hiring doctors to claim it was only a fever.

Summer never ends at the chillest place on the internet,, which crossed a million listening sessions in the past year.
So far, predominantly Democratic counties have been hit harder by the coronavirus—due to population density, race, and economics.