The Coronavirus, Climate Change, and the End of Seasons as We Knew Them

 Paul Elie in The New Yorker –

(Paul Elie, the author of “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” is a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.)

There’s a Staples store on Fourth Avenue, in Gowanus, a part of Brooklyn that lately feels less and less like New York City and more like the rest of the United States. I went there the other day to send a package via UPS. Then I ducked into a familiar aisle and got three boxes of yellow pencils to bring home for my three sons, a back-to-school ritual.

I braced for a long line: some years, buying school supplies at Staples, I’ve waited half an hour to reach the register. Not in 2020. In this year of long lines (in June, the socially distanced line outside of the Whole Foods on Third Avenue stretched across the Gowanus Canal), there was no line at all. Two minutes later, I was paid up and cycling home, some lyrics from Talking Heads’s “Life During Wartime” running through my head: “Burned all my notebooks / What good are notebooks? / They won’t help me survive.”


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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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