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How the pandemic knocked us out
Here we are — blurred-eyed, exhausted, Zoom-ed out and all-too-often even clueless what month it is, let alone day of the week. And yet the narrative now is that we are turning a corner, with officials in America optimistically pushing out the concept that we’re largely moving past COVID-19. In “The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid,” Lawrence Wright looks at how our institutions failed us, and at a future that may may always include the disease.