• JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEARS

  • “No matter how simple a man might be, the obvious cannot go on astounding him forever.”
    - Thomas Merton

  • Seizing the Day: News & Errata

  • BOOKS

    Recommended by Writers We Love

  • Music

    The Soundtrack for Your Seclusion

  • POETICS

    No Explanation Necessary. You Need This.

  • ART

    You Need This, Too.

  • 40 Days and 40 Nights

    Geandy Pavón

    Imara López-Boada

    Day 1

    Day 2

    Day 3

    Perseus and Medusa

    Day 4

    The Origin of Drawing (Dibutades and the Shepard)

    Day 5

    Day 6

    Stay home Stay Safe

    Day 7

    Echo and Narcissus

    Day 8

    Domestic

    Day 9

    Adam and Eve

    Day 10

    The Annunciation

    Day 11

    War of the Worlds

    Day 12

    Vanitas

    Day 13

    Pietá

    Day 14

    The Lonely Fortune Teller - After George La Tour

    Day 15 

    Salome

    Day 16

    Portrait of Charlotte Corday

    Day 17

    Apollo and Daphne

    Day 18

    Pandora

    Day 19

    The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

  • RANDOM TWEETS

    Detritus from Burned Out Hacks (aka Journalists on Twitter) and the Occasional Pol

  • STORIES WE LOVE

    The Best of Substack & Elsewhere

    Yes, we curate. But no table service.

    Our favorites from Lyz Lenz, John McWhorter, and sometimes those other guys

  • LONG PLAYER

    sometimes it takes more than a meme

  • Bringing Out The Dead

    Obits, Epitaphs, Anecdotes, and Near-Misses

  • THE NUMBERS

    Want the cheery Covid news from your neighborhood? 

  • DREAMING THE PANDEMIC

    Send us your pandemic dreamsplaguejournal@gmail.com

  • MONEY

    Lack of money is the root of all evil

    - George Bernard Shaw

    (What he really said: Money is harmless, but the fear of lack of money can create wars and decimate whole nations of people.)

     

    Another long and deadlier game has started. The main clash of the first half of the 21st century will not oppose religions or civilisations. It will oppose liberal democracy and neoliberal capitalism, the rule of finance and the rule of the people, humanism and nihilism.

    - Achille Mbembe Know Thine Enemy-Sun Tzu (debated)bated)

  • Special Section

    An Hallucinyx: The Last Four Years

    Steve Erickson

    Art by Alexa Grace
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