I remain as stymied as to my personal behavior right now.
We have Biden telling us NOT to ride the subway right now. But how in the world do we get around here without the subway? If the concern is a sneeze in a confined place -- well, what about your cab driver? Or who was in the taxi before you?
Tonight our friend, T.J. Stiles, is at the NYPL Humanities, doing a presentation and reading from his celebrated new work, THE FIRST TYCOON : The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
If we were wise we'd stay home I suppose. We have lots of these going on right now, including one sponsored by PEN on Saturday with Dany Laferrière and Madison Smartt Bell, as well as dinner with Bell and some others from the New Yorker round table on Haitian music and revolution later.
Should all these events be cancelled? What do you think?
Yesterday I went to the library to pick up some works for my project, some dvds, including tge Criterion Chushingura and Yojimbo (and The Spirit, which had a sticky note inside warning the next borrower that this is one of the worst movies ever made -- the page checking out my materials dutifully passed on the warning, but I assured him that I knew it was awful already, just checking it out), and Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan, which has been highly recommended. The library was full of people using all the materials. Should I not have gone there?
Then I went shopping for warm weather clothing and found some terrific high quality bargains, including light weight white pants that fit perfectly and fall just right from waist, through hip, to arch of foot. There were lots of young people shopping their brains out from all over the world. Should I not have gone shopping?
I have a hair appointment next week. Should I not go? I have to ride the subway to get there. How do I get groceries? I cannot afford to hide in the apartment.