Monthly Archives April 2020

Dancing the Flu

My body surrenders to the nightmare dance. I dance the dance of the grannies’ expulsion. I dance the dance of Chang and Eng at their mythic launch. A rocket blasts skyward in my mind’s eye. “Stop,” I croak. “I don’t want to see.” I dance the dance of nuclear fission, of oil, of coal, of […]


“I’ve built true-to-life computer models capturing how fear works in people and how it spreads through human societies. The best advice these models have to offer right now is that we need to think about the novel coronavirus as four separate epidemics: In addition to the Covid-19, itself, we are also in epidemics of fear […]