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(Quarantine Diary #2) Morning Has Not Broken

by Seth Rogovoy   As soon as I awaken these days, before I am even fully conscious, I take stock of how I am feeling. In that twilight state between sleep and wakefulness, I automatically take inventory: Do I feel feverish? No. Do I have flu-like aches, or that all-around crappy feeling of being attacked…

(Quarantine Diary #1) My Visit to the Pharmacy

by Seth Rogovoy   (HUDSON, N.Y., March 25, 2020) – Today was the day I had long feared and dreaded – when I would have to break down and walk into a pharmacy to get my prescription for … anxiety. Here’s a case where the cure exacerbated the symptoms. I’ve known for the last few…

Your Entertainment Guide During the Pandemic

by Seth Rogovoy   Concerts are cancelled. Movie theaters are closed. Performing arts venues are shuttered. What’s a culture vulture to do? While nothing beats live performance or seeing movies on a big screen, we’re all learning to make do with the new normal: staying at home and consuming our culture via streaming on digital…

Soundtrack for the Apocalypse: A Playlist

by Seth Rogovoy   I’ve been working on a Spotify playlist I call “Soundtrack for the Apocalypse” over the last week or so. You can listen to it here. Please listen to it in shuffle mode.   As you will hear, the criteria are for both music and lyrics to somehow address an emergency, if…

(Quarantine Diary #3) On Schooling at Home During a Pandemic

By Seth Rogovoy In the past few days, since so many schools shut down for the foreseeable future, I have already seen and overheard many parents commenting in frustration on how difficult it is to “homeschool” their children. After half an hour alone with their kids, trying to jam into their brain some data points,…

On Turning 60

by Seth Rogovoy   I turn 60 on March 19, 2020. For me, the passing of a decade has always been as much about how old I will be a decade hence as it is about what era of life I am entering (e.g., teens, twenties, thirties, forties, fifties). Turning 60 is as much about…

The Final 500

by Seth Rogovoy I figure if all goes well, I’ve got enough time to read about 500 more books before the lights go out. So I’m making a list of what they should be. I came up with about two dozen books I haven’t read and two dozen I want to re-read. What would you…