Panic Is a Luxury

Not everyone can afford to spiral out about the news

Saul Austerlitz
Forge

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Photo: Andreas Solaro/Getty Images

II am sitting by the window in my living room, watching the sparse traffic pass by on the usually busy Brooklyn street. My kids are home from school, closed due to COVID-19, also called the novel coronavirus. I have a mild cold.

As I write this, my pantry is crammed full of beans and brownie mix. (Priorities!) I now…

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Saul Austerlitz
Forge

Author of Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era +4 more. Work published in the NY Times and many others. Teacher at NYU.