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My right boot puffed dust and my left sunk into grainy snow of the sort that’s usually squeezed into a paper cup and slathered with intensely sweet syrup that turns your tongue an artificially…

I was driving through the sage, hoping to find a mild spring breeze and the early buttercup, when I glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw a cloud of dust roiling in my wake.


The upheavals caused by the coronavirus, unprecedented in the memories of almost everyone alive today, could serve as the plot for a dystopian novel or film.

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