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#284: One Year Gone

The Highlighter
One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the NBA called off its season, Tom Hanks announced he had contracted the virus, and schools across the country began to close. For the most part, over the past year, I haven’t featured too many articles about the pandemic, mostly because we’ve been inundated with them. But today feels different. It’s time to read and reflect. I’m dedicating this week’s issue to the 529,000 people who have died, to the time we have lost, to the ways our lives have changed, and to the resilience we have mustered. Thank you very much for being part of this reading community and for motivating me to keep publishing this newsletter every week.
Though all four pieces are worth your attention, if you have time to read just one article this week, I recommend “The Lost Year: What The Pandemic Cost Teenagers.” It will spark emotion in you.
+ A big shoutout to VIP Lopez, who took seriously my call to spread the word about the newsletter and singlehandedly convinced seven fine people to subscribe! Let’s please welcome Ruth, Paula, Yeshi, Aaron, Amanda, Maria, and Alex, along with new subscribers Emily and Braydon. Loyal readers, can you beat Lopez? (She says you can’t.)

Coming Of Age In A Pandemic Year
Lost Time: Ten Stories Of The Pandemic
“Work is a blessing,” says Maricela Martinez of Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas. “But I wish we wouldn’t be living this. I wish none of this would have ever happened.”
“Work is a blessing,” says Maricela Martinez of Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas. “But I wish we wouldn’t be living this. I wish none of this would have ever happened.”
The Lost Year: What The Pandemic Cost Teenagers
Tears, Sleepless Nights, And Victories: How First-Year Teachers Have Coped
+ I invite you to join Article Club this month, where we’ll discuss “A Lonely Occupation,” by Francesca Mari. Featured in January, the article explores how real-estate developers hire homeless Black people to guard vacant homes in gentrifying neighborhoods while they’re being renovated. Interested? Here’s more information.
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