Quotes For A Coronavirus Sampler

  • Ken Sofer:
    "I've seen enough of 2020 to know that the actual worst-case scenario is often much worse than my envisioned worst-case scenario,"
  • Linda Holmes:
    "And it is not lost on me that my year has been much better than most. Much easier than most. And still, I have been so challenged, so unhappy, so anxious. I don't even know how to wrap my head around it."
  • hanov3r:
    "We don't know when *waves hands* all of THIS is going to end. And that feels HUGE and insurmountable and makes me want to curl up in the foetal position with my numbing agent of choice and never get up again. If you look at the entirety of all of THIS, it's almost beyond the scope of imaging, and it becomes everything. But, today? Today ends. And tomorrow may be different. It may not be, but today has an end, and I can get to the end of today. Whether I can get to the end of tomorrow's "today" is up to tomorrow's hanov3r."
  • Your Childhood Pet Rock:
    "I'm going to just hate myself in a corner and continue my own shutdown as best as I can."
  • The Ghost of James Madison's Rage Boner:
    "When millions of grown-ass adults have spent all summer violating lockdowns and ignoring social distancing guidelines, why did anyone expect college students to do any better?"
  • Carolyn Hax:
    "Every time I feel frustrated by the undefined scope of this pandemic, I think about the people of Europe during World War II. Their deadly and destabilizing journey lasted for years. Surely, we can “keep calm and carry on,” too."
  • Alexandra Petri:
    "Remember when you could make plans for the future? Plans that did not include a step where “a miracle occurs”?"
  • JennyKayNZ:
    "Quarantine exists so that we can continue as a species to exist."
  • Jade Pagkas-Bather:
    “Dead people don’t shop. They don’t spend money. They don’t invest in things.”
  • W.M.:
    “One of my theories as to why so many customers have been assholes is that behind a mask they can’t see a woman’s smile. This has informed all of my shitty interactions with so many people while working during COVID-19, especially men. If a woman isn’t smiling while serving you, she’s a real bitch. That’s how this world works when you’re a woman in any kind of service — or just a woman period.”

Speed-Reading List

  • Seanan McGuire: Dying With Her Cheer Pants On: Stories of the Fighting Pumpkins
    Reviewed November 8.
  • Sarah Hogle: You Deserve Each Other
    Reviewed November 3. (****)
  • Jim Butcher: Battle Ground
    Reviewed October 21. (***)
  • Jim Butcher: Peace Talks
    Reviewed October 17. (***)
  • Chuck Tingle: Not Pounded By Anything While I Practice Responsible Social Distancing
    Reviewed October 6. (***)
  • Sarah Henning: The Princess Will Save You
    Reviewed September 27. (***)
  • Sarah Pinsker: A Song For A New Day
    Reviewed September 22. (***)
  • John Scalzi: Murder By Other Means
    Reviewed September 19. (****)
  • Seanan McGuire: A Killing Frost
    Reviewed September 16. (****)
  • Rachel Schurig: A Ransom Christmas
    Reviewed September 15. (****)
  • John Scalzi: The Last Emperox
    Reviewed September 7. (****)

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