“After 9/11, Barrett believed that she’d never encounter another event that would have such a profound and widespread influence on dreams. Now, as the new virus spread and the world began to shut down, she realized she had been wrong. Like her dream-self in the library, she was living through a storm — what she would later call ‘the biggest crisis to be reflected in our dreams in my lifetime’ and also ‘an extraordinary time in the history of dreaming.’ Even as she, too, was now locked down at home, she felt she couldn’t miss the chance to try to study what it all meant.”