Happy weekend, everyone. The weather is gorgeous here in NYC and we’re looking forward to some family time on the deck, maybe some socially distant hang-outs in the open roads in our neighborhood (open for pedestrians, closed to traffic), and participating in a march later. Drew and I watched the new Judd Apatow/ Pete Davidson movie last night and it was ok. We also watched the Dave Chappelle special, 8:46, on YouTube and that was fantastic (watch it!). NYC started its first phase of re-opening this week and that coupled with living in the state that went from being the global epicenter of Covid two months ago to having the lowest rate of transmission in the entire country has felt like a meaningful shift. We are behind the rest of the country in moving towards a little more normalcy – it will probably be many weeks before most of us can gets haircuts, for example, or dine at outdoor restaurants – but I can’t overstate how being able to socialize again with friends (outdoors and practicing social distance) has been such a salve for the anxiety and grief and loneliness we felt earlier in quarantine. I hope you all are finding similar moments of relief and hope in this ever-changing cultural, political, and public health landscape we find ourselves in.
Here are some links that may be of interest:
The race-related things that have changed since protests began around George Floyd’s death
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the push to “defund the police.” Here’s what that really means.
From NYTime’s Modern lOVE: “Together.After months of sheltering at home, 18 cohabitants on what so much togetherness has wrought.”
The Millennial Mental-Health Crisis