The Mysterious “Sweating Sickness” in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” Trilogy and the Private Country of Illness


“The Monk,” by Hans Holbein, depicting death.Art work by Hans Holbein / AlamyAt the beginning of quarantine, when the magnitude of the moment was blooming so strangely, I felt anesthetized by simultaneity. Too much was happening, and so much of it was frightening. Graves were being dug in trenches in New York City. Bicycle-delivery...

The History of Loneliness  | The New Yorker


The loneliness epidemic, in this sense, is rather like the obesity epidemic. Evolutionarily speaking, panicking while being alone, like finding high-calorie foods irresistible, is highly adaptive, but, more recently, in a world where laws (mostly) prevent us from killing one another, we need to work with strangers every day, and the problem is more...

Life Under Coronavirus Quarantine | The New Yorker


Illustration by Golden CosmosSince its outbreak, the coronavirus has thrown the world into disarray. Peter Hessler describes what it’s like to be quarantined in China, as one of eight hundred million people who have been placed under some kind of restriction. Lawrence Wright discusses his new novel, which may be the year’s most prescient...