This week, we’re sharing stories from Shawn Yuan, Marty Munson, Anna Merlan, Lauren Collins, and Drew Magary.
Shawn Yuan | Wired | May 1, 2020 | 14 minutes (3,696 words)
“The dawn of a pandemic — as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet.”
Marty Munson | Men’s Health | April 30, 2020 | 17 minutes (4,255 words)
“The first five minutes — especially when it’s below 60 — can be so painful and you think, I don’t want to do this. But when you’re swimming in training, within ten minutes, your body goes numb and there’s this adrenaline and a thrill. I don’t understand it, but it’s incredible.”
Anna Merlan | Vice Magazine | May 5, 2020 | 14 minutes (3,565 words)
“When I stepped through the door, I told him, I found myself in a room entirely lined with aquariums, in which large, spotted, neon-colored fish were floating. It felt peaceful, I told Brown. ‘There’s some purpose here. I’m not worried about the fish, they’re being taken care of.'”
Lauren Collins | The New Yorker | May 4, 2020 | 13 minutes (3,423 words)
Lauren Collins’ father died in March of leukemia as the pandemic began to unfold, forcing her to learn to grieve in a time of enforced isolation. This essay is a remembrance of her father and an exploration of grieving from a distance.
Drew Magary | SF Gate | May 4, 2020 | 7 minutes (1,979 words)
“MY NAME IS DREW AND I LOVE PANCAKES.”