Katherine Ashenburg is the author of The Mourner's Dance:What We Do When People Die</span.
One thing we’ve learned from the past year and a half is that slowing down and staying in one place for a while isn’t always so bad. This is what Walter Nicklin learned while spending his quarantine in coastal Maine, where he goes each summer. “Coronavirus reframes everything, and I’m now thinking the previously unthinkable: that other people’s presence actually enhances the view,” he wrote. “They and I are now sharing not only the same prospect but also a common enemy.”