Tag Archives: covid-19

The spookiest Halloween ever


Swamp Rabbit’s parole office Victor Cortez dropped by yesterday at my shack in the Tinicum swamp while the rabbit and I were critiquing Donald Trump’s performance at his final debate with Joe Biden. “I’m the least racist person in this … Continue reading

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A new meaning for ‘cancel culture’


‘Last week I went to Philadelphia, but it was closed.’ I found Swamp Rabbit near my shack, at the frog pond, drinking a beer. “There’s no easy way to say this,” I said. “Philadelphia is closing. I think we’ve become … Continue reading

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Antifa is coming, call out the militia!


Many of us wondered why the infection rates for Covid-19 in this country continued climbing through the Fourth of July weekend and beyond, even though rates in most other developed countries were way down. The lead paragraphs from a news … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and the confederacy of dunces


You’ve got a lot of people in [the media] who wax poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York. Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened… People … Continue reading

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Would you like more curfew with your lockdown?


NBCPHILADELPHIA I was jawing with Swamp Rabbit when my phone started making those strange emergency alert noises. “Only essential personnel allowed outside,” the text read. WTF? We figured a tornado was coming, or maybe a nuclear attack. In fact, the … Continue reading

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Betting on a sure thing (covid-19)


Swamp Rabbit’s parole officer Victor Cortez asked me if I wanted to bet against his bet that covid-19 deaths in the U.S. would hit 100,000 by Memorial Day. (The death count as of today was about 95,000.) “That’s tasteless,” I … Continue reading

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Channel surfing through lockdown


My neighbor Swamp Rabbit knocked on my door and let himself in when I didn’t open it. “Why don’t you quit tweaking that thing?” he said, meaning the short story I was writing. “I bet you ain’t changed ten words … Continue reading

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The loneliness of the long-distance office worker


We took turns reading a Philadelphia Inquirer story about possible psychological damage suffered by office workers who, for their own safety’s sake, must work at home for as long as the COVID-19 disaster persists. In suddenly empty offices all across … Continue reading

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Is social distancing here to stay?


Photo by GETTY IMAGES I read aloud from a Washington Post story about our reluctance to maintain social distance from fellow humans during the coronavirus crisis: Hermits aside, humans are social animals, even what some call “ultra-social.” For millennia, survival … Continue reading

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High anxiety goes viral


Swamp Rabbit was reworking his coronavirus song today. Last week it was a bossa nova, but now it’s a blues sung to the melody of “Corrina, Corrina”: Corona, Corona Gal, you’re on my mind Corona, Corona Gal, you’re on my … Continue reading

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