What Happened to the Ancient Mayans?

In grade school, I was taught that the ancient Mayans had vanished. A whole civilization, with temples that rose into the sky, with vast networks of roads, many of which can still be seen from space, more than nineteen million people—suddenly disappeared. The truth is they never disappeared. Six million of their descendants live on, […]

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Strange Cravings

It’s amazing how much has changed in the weeks since my last article in which I wrote about how fast COVID-19 was spreading and how policy makers weren’t taking it seriously. Since then, the number of deaths doubled every week. The problem became impossible to ignore. Government officials reacted, thankfully, better late than never. But […]

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Why I’m Afraid of COVID-19, and Why I Go On Living

Skimming through recent headlines, COVID-19 sounds like the beginning of the end, the apocalypse approaching. It feels like we’re on the precipice of a pandemic that will shape human history, for those who survive. But our president says it’s no big deal, and then to reassure us, he put his top man on the case, […]

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