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Date: 5/15/2020
Subject: Keeping Busy During These COVID-19 Days #7
From: Beacon Hill Village

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This new calendar of one-time events will be for May 15-22, 2020.  New items on the 24/7  list of things to do are in red.  Many of these items are (apparently) available indefinitely.  Others, though, while more than one-time, are only available for a limited time, and the dates of availability are indicated.

Be engaged!  The weekly calendar and the 24/7 list reflect what you say are watching, listening to and reading.  We’ll compile your recommendations while they keep coming, but they are falling off precipitously. 

Send any suggestion for a new item to  Suggestions received by the end of the day Wednesday of each week will get priority for listing, though we will try to accommodate every recommendation whenever sent.

Be well and be safe!



ONE-TIME EVENTS, MAY 15-21, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

7:30 pm free only until 7:30 pm until 6:30 pm on 5-16.  Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, 1982 performance with Joan Sutherland, Metropolitan Opera,   

Saturday, May 16, 2020

12 pm  Mobility Roundtable Series, ““Mobility and Pandemic: where we are, lessons from the past and possible futures.”  Panelists’ list and registration at .

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-17.  Verdi, Rigoletto, Metropolitan Opera,

Sunday, May 17, 2020

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-18.  Verdi, Nabucco, Metropolitan Opera,

Monday, May 18, 2020

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-19.  Mozart, Idomeneo, Metropolitan Opera,

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

12 pm  Harvard Chan School of Public Health Q&A, “The Coronavirus Pandemic

Responding Now and Averting Future Crises,” 

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-20.  Wagner, Lohengrin, Metropolitan Opera,

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-21.  Verdi, Un ballo in Maschera, Metropolitan Opera,

Thursday, May 21, 2020

10 am  “Moving Past Plastic,” featuring CLF advocates and guest experts:  register at

7:30 pm free only until 6:30 pm on 5-22.  Puccini, Turandot, Metropolitan Opera,


AVAILABLE 24/7, AS OF APRIL 24, 2020


Andrea Bocelli’s free Easter Sunday Music for Hope concert is moving all through,  But the final few minutes are quite overwhelming (start at 18:38):  video of the empty streets and squares of Milan (from whose Duomo the concert originated), Paris, London and New York accompany Bocelli’s powerful rendering of “Amazing Grace.”

Boston Symphony Orchestra offers new selections from past concerts every week, but all the music released remains available once it’s released, apparently:  

May 8- May 20 only:  Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concert for Our City, The final free concert of a series after the scheduled BSO trip to Asia was canceled because of the COVID 19 outbreak.

You can get an idea of the BSO’s music homeschooling efforts for these COVID-19 days at 

Andrew List, “The Emerald Necklace:  A Chamber Symphony in Three Movements,” commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, If a May 31 BSO gala if it not canceled, List’s work will be featured.

Boston Baroque, Mozart’s Requiem, via Amazon Prime: .

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, free online concerts, at least for now, with simple signup at

Chamber Music Society of New York offers dozens of free solo/small ensemble programs, including historic performances of major classics from CMS’s first 50 years.  Some lectures as well.

Handel and Haydn Society offers a number of free archived concerts, including earlier-this-season’s Messiah; all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and his St. Matthew Passion; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and the Monteverdi Vespers.

Juventas New Music Ensemble, on Facebook, has a variety of solo and ensembke oerformances by young musicians focused on contemporary music and emerging composers.

Rockport (MA) Music offers classical, folk, jazz, pop:

Four Chopin nocturnes--Op. 15, No. 3 in G minor, Op. 27, No. 1 in C-sharp minor; Op. 37, No. 1 in G minor; and Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor—performed by Piers Lane, pianist, at the 2019 Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival,     

David William Hughes, “Songs of Sadness, Satire & Seduction,” Elizabethan and Jacobean songs for solo voice and lute, to have been performed at King’s Chapel, Boston March 31, 2020.  Canceled due to the COVID-19 virus but happily livestreamed and now available at

Take Me to the World:  A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration,

Rockport Music presents a swing classic in bossa nova idiom:   

From Passim, Cambridge’s venerable emporium of folk, rock and bluegrass, listen to livestreamed and recorded concerts:

Bob Dylan, “Murder Most Foul”—two contending polemics: and  .  When, since college, have you read polemics about a pop song—even if its author is a Nobel literature laureate?  Dylan’s song is at   And now there’s more:    


Lady Gaga's One World Together concert of great popular singers, including Elton John, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, to raise money for healthcare workers worldwide.  (begins at 6:01:00)

Beethoven—you’ve heard the first movement of the 5th Symphony many times but you’ve never seen it visualized like this!  Huge fun and very clever:   

You don’t have to speak French to get the point of this in-these-times Offenbach riff:

All at home because of the COVID-19 crisis, musicians from three orchestras nonetheless together (stunningly) play excerpts from the Beethoven 9th finale, from Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,”and from Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik:

Julliard students Zoom Ravel’s Bolero


Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles, A West End smash. 

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 2016 British co-production by Made at Curve and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, at


Handel, Agrippina, Boston Baroque, 

Bellini, “Norma,” Boston Lyric Opera’s final dress rehearsal of a performance forced to be canceled because of COVID-19, 

Mozart, “The Marriage of Figaro,” Vienna State Opera--free enrolment at

Willem Jeths, “Ritratto.”  The inspiration for this work is Luisa Casati—essentially, a wealthy art groupie who once said, ‘I want to be a living work of art.’  The recent Dutch National Opera world premiere had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 crisis, but the dress rehearsal was recorded.  In English (mostly), at .

May 15-August 14:  Rimsky-Korsakov, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitzeh,

May 15-November 6:  Shreker, Der Schmied von Gent, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen,

May 17-June 17:  Oscar Straus, The Pearls of Cleopatra, Komische Oper Berlin,

Tchaikovsky, “Jevgeni Onjegin,” Dutch National Opera,

Tchaikovsky, “Eugene Onegin,” Komische Oper Berlin, available May 8-July 31, 6 am at

Tchaikovsky, “The Queen of Spades,” Moscow State Stanislavsky Music Theatre,

A spectrum of operas, performed by a spectrum of opera companies, is available (apparently only requiring free enrollment) at


Starting April 18:  “Cendrillon” (“Cinderella”), Paris National Opera,

“Peter and the Wolf,” Royal Ballet/Royal Ballet School,      


Handel, “Acis and Galatea,” Royal Opera/Royal Ballet,

The Congolese choreographer and dance artist Faustin Linyekula’s work was among those programmed for this year’s BMW Tate Live Exhibition but was cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, Linyekula and those of his collaborators who had already made it to London worked with Tate to stage a one-off, site-specific work. This was performed to camera in the disused old industrial plant tanks after only a few hours of rehearsals.

May 15-19 only, New York City Ballet, Justin Peck’s Pulcinella Variations, filmed on October 5, 2018,

May 19-22 only, New York City Ballet, George Balanchine’s Diamonds from Jewels, filmed on September 19, 2019,

Tchaikovsky, “Swan Lake” choreography by Marcia Haydée, Ballet de Santiago,

Siobahn Burke, “12 Places to Watch Dance Online,” The New York Times (April 7, 2020), 


Mania Akbari and Mark Cousins, Life May Be (2014).  The Iranian actress and director and the British film maker and historian extend the concept of "essay film" by exchanging a series of video letters.  There are startling confrontations involving cultural issues, gender politics and artistic sensibilities.  Underlying these may be differences in life situations, with Cousins whimsical when not, according to The Guardian, meandering, while Akbari’s life is shadowed by political danger in Iran, exile and the after-effects of breast cancer.  You also get a clear sense of how Akbari works her life experiences into her creative work.  Available through various streaming services, including Prime and Showtime.  

Rian Johnson, Knives Out (Amazon Prime TV), a comedy/murder mystery

Alice Rohrwacher, Happy as Lazzaro (Netflix; orig. German, 2018).  Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering but very complex bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.

Andrey Zvyagintsev, Loveless (2017).  An estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over--until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights.  Unflinching, discomfiting and insistent.  Widely available for a fee. 

Coolidge Corner Theatre, various films available for 5-day rental periods:

The Telegraph (London) offers its take on the best WWII films:

One member recommends:

NOTE: Those with a * are series still releasing.  Most shows are available on HBO or Amazon Prime. A series is underlined when it is especially important to watch the 1st episode thru to the end.

 DRAMA (mostly)


Escape from Dannemora


Godless (Western)

Years and Years

Olive Kitteridge

Big Little Lies


Boardwalk Empire

The Boys*


Handmaid's Tale*

The Night Manager

My Brilliant Friend

Breaking Bad

Better Call Saul*

House of Cards (later seasons are "strange"/original available on BBC too)


Michael Apted, The Up Series.  Celebrated documentary series in which fourteen British children, starting in 1964, are revisited every 7 years for over five decades.  A portrait of changing lives and changing  British society.  Bingeworthy!  Subscription info at

Ken Burns, The Gene:  An Intimate History, adapted from the award-winning book of the same name by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. Part 1 is streaming presently on PBS, ; Part 2 debuts Tuesday on PBS, April 14 at 8 pm.

Sarah Burns and David McMahon, East Lake Meadows:  A Public Housing Story (2020), presented by Ken Burns,   This history of an Atlanta public housing project, from its construction in 1970 to its demolition in the mid-1990’s, raises searching questions about how marginalized Americans, especially African-Americans, find housing in America and what might be done to improve their lives.

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watt’s documentary For Sama is “… a miraculous diary of an activist and mother locked down in the siege of Aleppo. Its lessons for our current crisis are uncountable, and it left me devastated, hopeful and humbled with admiration.”  A “… work of art that opened my heart and allowed me to imagine war as an emotional reality….” (The Guardian)  At

D. W. Young, “The Booksellers,” about the quirky, hermetic world of New York’s rare book dealers as they confront the Internet age.  Variously available for a fee, including through the Coolidge Corner Cinema, 

WGBH/Studio Six, “H20:  The Molecule That Made Us,” Episode 1 available through May 20; Episode 2 available through May 27—at

Celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted’s 198th birth (April 26) with this documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted:  Designing America,”

“Power Trip:  The Story of Energy,” PBS, successive Mondays; began April 20,

Homes by the Sea.  One BHV member calls it “documentary escapism.”  On Netflix,

Environmental Film Festival, more than 300 films to choose from,


Eric Boodman and Craig Walker, photographer, “Photos: One day inside a Boston hospital’s response to Covid-19,” STAT News (May 7, 2020),

The Library of Congress has extensive collections online of photographs from many places:

Europe and Other Locations  (683 prints)

Norway and Sweden:  (156 prints) and Tunisia:    (41 prints)

Cuba and Mexico album:  (51 prints)

Striking views in color of Western Landscapes,  (41 prints)

Views of Landscape, Architecture, and People – Howard Gottlieb gift,    (488 prints)

New York:    (110 prints)

Scotland:   (183 prints)

Marc Walter Photochrome Collection:  (366 photos)

Italy:  (319 photos)   

Wales:   (166 prints)

Turkey:     (28 photos)

Algeria:¨    (74 photos)

Holy Land,  (145 prints)

France:   (519 prints)

Sasha Waters Freyer, “Garry Winogrand—All Things are Photographable,” PBS American Masters Series, (WGBH Passport members only),


Peabody Essex Museum, podcasts (mainly) on art, 

Google’s art materials will yield hours of viewing pleasure, , notably artists online, by the hundreds: ;   art movements online, ; and museum tours on line, hundreds of them, for travel planning, travel reminiscing or armchair traveling:

Google’s extraordinary Frida Kahlo compendium, almost to the point of TMI: .  See also Marc Petitjean, "My Father and Frieda (sic) Kahlo:  A Love Story," Literary Hub (April 29, 2020),

The Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibit fell victim to COVID-19 but you get  a taste of it at  The video is brief but worthwhile.

The Tate Modern’s Aubrey Beardsley exhibit likewise fell victim to COVID-19 but here is a 30+ minute film that may be a satisfying temporary substitute:   See also 

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, a 5+ hour tour,  You know you have the time….

Tour the Louvre, including its Egyptian Antiquities collection,

Tour every exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural  at your own pace, viewing 360-degrees and room-by-room,

Tour the extraordinary holdings of Madfrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum,

Tour Vatican treasures at

The Art Newspaper (UK) has dozens of podcasts about art, artists, art museums and exhibits, the art market, etc.: 

Tate Museum, "The Art of Slow Looking.”  What happens when we spend time getting to know a single artwork in detail? (podcast, 20 minutes)


Architecture:  on the Google website,, search “architecture” to access many modules on many aspects of architecture from the Romans to Renzo Piano.  One example of what is available:  Google’s brief but arresting appreciation of Frank Gehry’s Museum Guggenheim Bilbao,

See Historic New England’s material on the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts at 

See Historic New England’s material on the Aesthetic Movement treasure in Milton, MA, the Eustis Estate, with its imposing mansion, furnishings and grounds, 


Baptiste, a spin-off of sorts from the 2016 hit The Missing, finds its eponymous hero, while visiting his daughter in Amsterdam, drawn into a missing persons case that may be connected to human trafficking.  All episodes available for streaming on WGBH Passport, at

The English Game (Netflix)—the origins and class-transcending power of English football (aka soccer).

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, available for a fee through Amazon or Amazon/Acorn.  See the March 23, 2020 review in Slate,  

Foyle’s War (series).  The classic British detective series, set during and shortly after WWII, debuted in 2002 and ran 8 seasons.  Widely available, for a fee; just Google it.

The Windermere Children (PBS), child survivors of the Holocaust brought to Britain for mourning, healing and starting their lives anew.   At least for a while it is available on the PBS website at ; also at

World on Fire, dramatizing the early days of WWII in Europe, is now fully available for Season 1, WGBH Passport members only,


“The Socially-Distanced Protestor.”  Much of the emotional power of a march or demonstration comes from being there. How can activists organize when social distancing measures prevent gatherings in person?  Part of The New Republic series “The Politics of Everything.”

Environmental League of Massachusetts has a Wednesday series of talks on various topics of environmental concern:  go to and scroll down for links to the current talk or to past talks.

Grolier Club (NYC),  America’s oldest society for book lovers and graphic arts fans, has dozens of talks at 

Harvard Environmental Economics Project—COVID-19, climate change, and other environmental policy issues; publications, papers and lectures.

Erza Klein Show, “Bill Gates’s Vision for Life Beyond Coronavirus,” April 27, 2020,

London Review of Books is offering non-paywalled LRB selections, chosen for their “… compulsive, immersive and escapist qualities…”  They are wide-ranging but there is “… a complete absence of references to plague, pandemics or quarantine.”

London Review of Books has a wide variety of podcasts and videos, many of which appear to be available non-paywalled on YouTube.  See the selections at



Albert Camus, The Plague (1947).   Camus’s classic how-the-Germans-came-to-rule-France novel takes on an eerie relevance in these COVID-19 times.

Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered (2018)

James Nelson, All the Brave Fellows (2000)

Richard Powers, The Overstory (2018)

Evan Kindley, “Why Anxious Readers Under Quarantine Turn to ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ “ The New Yorker (April 10, 2020),  

Time hanging heavy on your hands?  Cull the worthwhile from the merely long at


David Abulafia, The Great Sea:  A Human History of the Mediterranean (2011).  A sweeping tour de force and a quite different view from that of the great French historian Fernand Braudel in his iconic 1949 The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.

Alex Beam, Broken Glass:  Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece (2020).  Beam recounts the torrid relations leading to the creation of Mies’s modernist masterpiece in Plano, Illinois, and how things went south afterwards and wound up in court.  Beam discusses his book with the eminent and urbane urbanist Witold Rybcynski at Harvard Book Store’s first program for these COVID-19 times, 

Cyprian Broodbank, The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (2013).  Another epic synthesis of the Mediterranean world.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism (2020).  2015 Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton joins lead author and his wife Anne Case for a grim, trenchant analysis of the future of the American working class.  Everyone who “just cannot understand” Trump’s appeal to many members of that class needs to read this book, which is far from the genial optimism of Deaton’s 2013 The Great Escape:  Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality.  An excellent companion would be Thomas Piketty’s newly translated Capital and Ideology (2020), a bit of a doorstopper but far more accessible (and, arguably, interesting) than his previous doorstopper Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013; English 2014).  Deaths of Despair forms much of the basis of Atul Gawande’s March 23,  2020 New Yorker  article, listed below.

Daniel C. Dennett, From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (2017).  A philosopher’s speculations on the origins of human consciousness.

Walter Isaacson,  Leonardo da Vinci (2017)

Jonathan Karl, Front Row at the Trump Show (2020)

Erik Larson, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (2020)

Peter Padfield, Maritime Supremacy and the Opening of the Western Mind:  Naval Campaigns That Shaped the Modern World (2000)

Robert B. Reich, The System:  Who Rigged It, How to Fix It (2020).  Reich discusses his book at ; scroll down for the video.

Nancy Seasholes (ed.), The Atlas of Boston History (2019).  Wonderful maps and illustrations.  Seasholes and other contributors discuss the book in a Massachusetts Historical Society talk,

Six quite varied books about travel, from Che Guavara to Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey in France:


Boston Public Library staffers recommend for these COVID-19 days:

Wide-ranging discussions of a wide range of current books can be found at the Harvard Book Store Channel:

Other book recommendations

There are hundreds of book recommendations, new and old, solicited by this sophisticated lit-blog, , and links therein to hundreds more recommendations. 

Who borrowed what at Sylvia Beach’s interwar Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company?  Check out what was checked out at


COVID-19:  the science

BHV members Kim Bottomly and Wayne Villemez—retired immunologist and demographer, respectively—have developed terrific reading lists about various aspects of COVID-19 here and here.  Kim has a great primer on immunology here.  They welcome an ongoing discussion via your comments and questions.  They update the readings to assist and reflect this discussion, and as new information becomes available.

Other COVID-19-related articles

Hilary Aidun, “The Climate Consequences of Rolling Back Energy Efficiency,” Climate Law Blog (April 21, 2020), Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University, 

Graham Allison, "Defeating Coronavirus: How Massachusetts Can Increase Protection for the Most Vulnerable While Reopening the Economy," Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, May 7, 2020,

Associated Press, “States With Few Coronavirus Cases Get Big Share Of Relief Aid,” The Patch (Boston), May 5, 2020,  Do you think that big white cloud over the Northeast is an accident?  Did our reps actually vote for this????

Sharon Begley, “Social distancing is controlling Covid-19; now scientists need to figure out which measures are most effective,” STAT News (April 9, 2020),

Sharon Begley, “Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows,” STAT News (April 27, 2020),

Sharon Begley, “Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis,” STAT News, May 1, 2020,

Sharon Begley and Hyacinth Empinado, “It’s difficult to grasp the projected deaths from Covid-19. Here’s how they compare to other causes of death,” STAT News (April 9, 2020).  Concise, with excellent graphics: 

Lenny Bernstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha, "Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body," Washington Post, May 10, 2020, linked at

Bloomberg New Economy Forum,  “Supply Chain Revolution,” May 5, 2020,

Mark Blyth, “The U.S. Economy Is Uniquely Vulnerable to the Coronavirus:  Why America’s Growth Model Suggests It Has Few Good Options,” Foreign Affairs (March 30, 2020), .  Paywalled, but free sign-in is available.

Eric Boodman and Casey Ross, “Doctors lambaste federal process for distributing Covid-19 drug remdesivir,” STAT News, May 6, 2020,

Helen Branswell, "Mounting promises on Covid-19 vaccines are fueling false expectations, experts say," STAT News, May 6 , 2020 ,

J. Scott Brennan et al., “Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation,” April 7, 2020, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University,

Erin Bromage, “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them,” May 6, 2020,

David Brooks, “The Pandemic of Fear and Agony:  Readers Open Up About Their Mental States,” The New York Times (April 9, 2020), 

Chad P. Brown, “COVID-19 Could Bring Down the Trading System:  How to Stop Protectionism From Running Amok,” Foreign Affairs, April 28, 2020,

Quoctrung Bui et al., “What 5 Coronavirus Models Say the Next Month Will Look Like,” The New York Times, April 22, 2020,

Douglas Busvine and Andreas Rinke, “Germany at odds with Apple on smartphone coronavirus contact tracing,” Reuters, April 23, 2020

Calabria, Stephen. “The Hidden Mental Health Toll of Coronavirus,” Who.What.Why (March 23, 2020),

Erica Chenoweth et al., "Media Coverage Has Blown Anti-lockdown Protests Out of Proportion," Vox, May 10, 2020, reprinted in

Lindsay Chervinsky, “National Epidemics, Then and Now,” Harvard University Press Blog (April 21, 2020),  Chervinsky, author of the new HUP book  The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, tells about the yellow fever outbreak that our country faced in its capital during its early years–and how our first president responded.

Climate Action Tracker, A government roadmap for addressing the climate and post COVID-19 economic crises, April 27, 2020

CNN, “Tracking COVID-19 Cases in the US,” continuously refreshed data, excellent graphics, some statewide, others county-level ,

Correia, Sergio and Luck, Stephan and Verner, Emil. “Pandemics Depress the Economy, Public Health Interventions Do Not: Evidence from the 1918 Flu” Social Science Research Network (March 30, 2020),  or

Charles Coutemanche et al., “Strong Social Distancing Measures In The United States Reduced The COVID-19 Growth Rate,” Health Affairs, May 14, 2020,

COVID-19 and ICE detention:  an ACLU report (April 8, 2020):   

James Crabtree, “How to Manage a Pandemic,” Technology Review (April 14, 2020), 

Gordon Craig, “Politics of a Plague” New York Review of Books (June 30, 1988).  Cholera in Hamburg, 1830-1910:  plus ça change, plus la même chose  

Paige Winfield Cunningham, “ The Health 202: Only North Dakota and Kentucky meet federal criteria to reopen, new coronavirus tracker finds,” Washington Post, May 14, 2020,  

Dalton, Clayton. “A Boston Hospital [MGH] Nears Its Limits,”  The New Yorker, April 2, 2020,

Jason Dear and Mike Stobbe, "Trump administration buries detailed CDC advice on reopening," Associated Press, May 7, 2020,’s the leaked text of that guidance: .

Norman Doidge, the celebrated and controversial brain researcher, has a COVID-19 journal , “Journal of a Plague,” that is broad in learning and also occasionally—well, controversial.  The first journal entry is at, the second at, the most recent at .

Charles Duhigg, “Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not,” The New Yorker, April 26, 2020, 

Economists overwhelmingly urge need to get COVID-19 under control before restarting US economy,

Dave Eggers, “Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus.  All your questions about the pandemic, answered. Sort of.”  The New York Times, May 3, 2020,

Environmental League of Massachusetts presents Sen. Ed Markey as part of its presentation, “The Economic Recovery Should Be a Green One,” recorded April 22, 2020.  Go to and scroll down for the YouTube video.

Andrew Erhardy, “Disease and Diplomacy in the 19th Century,” War on the Rocks, April 30, 2020,

Adam Clark Estes and Shirin Ghaffary, “Apple and Google want to turn your phone into a Covid-tracking machine,” Vox (April 13, 2020),    The new contact-tracing tool, explained.  See also

Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, ‘’Will the Coronavirus End Globalization as We Know It?

The Pandemic Is Exposing Market Vulnerabilities No One Knew Existed,” Foreign Affairs, March 16, 2020,


Financial Times, "Coronavirus Tracked:  Has Your Country's Epidemic Peaked?" .  Charts, data, scenarios….


 “Flattening the Global Curve.”  A series of articles—they being from Project Syndicate some are rather polemical--, about what the developed world, in its own self-interest, needs to do in the less-developed world about COVID-19.  It’s vital to keep in mind there are still vast swathes of the world, containing billions of people, where COVID-19 penetration is only in its earliest stages.  

Foreign Policy Morning Brief, “Early Jobs Numbers Outline Extent of U.S. Employment Crisis,”

Foreign Policy Research Institute, “The Growing Threat Posed By Accelerationism And Accelerationist Groups Worldwide – Analysis,” Eurasia Review  April 26, 2020

The Forward Staff, The 11th Plague?  Passover in a Pandemic

Beth Gardner, “How Renewable Energy Could Emerge on Top After the Pandemic,”  Yale Environment 360, May 12, 2020,

Gawande, Atul.  “Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry:  Health-care workers have been on the job throughout the pandemic. What can they teach us about the safest way to lift a lockdown?” The New Yorker, May 13, 2020,

Gawande, Atul. “Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health-Care Workers,” The New Yorker, March 21, 2020,

Atul Gawande, “Why Americans Are Dying from Despair,” The New Yorker, March 23, 2020,  Gawande, concluding his article, underlines why the coronavirus will likely only compound this despair.

Dan Gearino, “Here Is How Covid Is Affecting Some of the Largest Wind, Solar and Energy Storage Projects,” Inside Climate News April 23, 2020

Gluck, Abbe, and Erica Turret. “Happy Tenth Birthday, Obamacare: This Crisis Would Be Much Worse Without You,”  Health Affairs (March 23, 2020),

Jack Goldsmith and Andrew Keane Woods, “Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal,” The Atlantic, April 25, 2020,  This article has generated considerable criticism.  The authors respond briefly at and further in a Lawfare podcast at   

Philip Gordon, “ ‘America First’ Is a Dangerous Fantasy in a Pandemic,” Foreign Affairs (April 4, 2020), (paywalled but easily entered for free)

James Green, “China and the United States Are Both Losing the Blame Game:  Pointing fingers over the coronavirus is a dangerous distraction from the crisis,” Foreign Policy, April 22, 2020

Michael Green and Evan S. Medeiros, “The Pandemic Won’t Make China the World’s Leader,” Foreign Affairs, April 15, 2020

Kathering Guyot and Isabel V. Sawhill, “Telecommuting will likely continue long after the pandemic,” Brookings Blog, April 6, 2020,

Sue Halpern, “Can We Track COVID-19 and Protect Privacy at the Same Time?” The New Yorker, April 27, 2020,

John Haltiwanger, “Dr. Fauci says testing needs to be doubled …,” April 26, 2020, Business Insider

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, “How Will COVID-19 Affect the Transatlantic Relationship?”  Experts from the US and Europe offer a variety of views,

Larry Hatheway and Alexander Friedman, “What the Stock Market Is Really Saying,” Project Syndicate (April 24, 2020), 

Health Affairs has two related articles about why COVID-19 data can be so confusing and how better to manage it.  See   And .

Maeve Higgins, “The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable,” New York Review of Books, April 27, 2020,

Heather Houser, “The COVID-19 ‘Infowhelm,’ “ New York Review of Books, May 6, 2020,

Mark Hyman and Derviush Razzaffarian, “The link between coronavirus deaths and those french fries,” Boston Globe, May 7, 2020,

Simon Johnson and Peter Boone, “From Lockdown to Lock-In,” Project Syndicate, April 30, 2020, Gone are the days of short international travel, or long trips visiting multiple countries. In the absence of universal vaccination against the coronavirus, tighter constraints on human mobility will presumably remain in place – perhaps for a long time.

Andrew Joseph, “‘It doesn’t stay where you started’: Reopening some states heightens the risk of coronavirus surges in others,” STAT News, April 30, 2020

Andrew Joseph and Helen Branswell, “The results of coronavirus ‘serosurveys’ are starting to be released. Here’s how to kick their tires,” STAT News, April 24, 2020,

Fred Kaplan, “What Happens If Oil Doesn’t Recover?” Slate April 23, 2020,

Kate Kelland, "New coronavirus spread swiftly around world from late 2019, study finds," Reuters,  May 6, 2020,

Christine Kwon, "The Dormant Commerce Clause Can’t Override State and Local Lockdowns," Lawfare,  May 6, 2020 ,

Krishna B. Kumar et al., “Needed:  A Blueprint for a Post-Vaccine World,” RAND Blog, May 11, 2020,

Keren Landman, “Georgia Went First.  And It Screwed Up,” The New York Times, April 30, 2020,

“Coronavirus ‘is the Big One…’ “Harvard epidemiologist Mark Lipsitch in a USA Today Q&A, 

Usha Lee McFarling, "Why the porn industry has a lot to teach us about safety in the Covid-19 era," STAT News, May  8, 2020,

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak and Michael Hobbes, “Black People Are Dying Of COVID-19 At Alarming Rates. Here’s Why,” Huffington Post (April 8, 2020),

“Lessons from the Spanish Flu:  Social Distancing Can be Good for the Economy,”  The Economist (March 31, 2020),

Ryan Lizza and Daniel Lippman, “Wearing a mask is for smug liberals; Refusing to is for reckless Republicans:  Welcome to Washington's latest partisan standoff,” Politico, May 1, 2020,

Peter Margulies, “Trump’s Coronavirus Immigration Order Is a Restriction in Search of a Rationale,” Lawfare, April 23, 2020,

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, COVID-19 Dashboard (April 21, 2020),   An impressive, wide-ranging  and kept-current compilation of data.  Also, UMass’s Donohue Institute will start generating visualizations of COVID-19 data as it apples to Massachusetts.  The most impacted communities to date are at  

Kelly Michelson, “If it comes to rationing, I shouldn’t have to be the one deciding who should live and who should die,” STAT News (April 2, 2020), 

The Massachusetts effort to relieve medical personnel of such horrific rationing decisions was quietly released Tuesday, April 7, 2020, “Crisis Standards of Care:  Planning Guidance for the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Massachusetts Department of Public Health, See also Lindsay Beyerstein, “The Staggeringly Complicated Ethics of Ventilating Coronavirus Patients,” The New Republic (April 10, 2020),  

Bruce Mohl, "Developing a Playbook for Reopening {Massachusetts]:  Other States Are Taking a Similar Approach," CommonWealth (April 28, 2020),

Simon Montlake, “Want to end state lockdowns? Send in the coronavirus detectives.” The Christian Science Monitor, April 21, 2020

Michael Morley, “Election Modifications to Avoid During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Lawfare (Friday, April 17, 2020), 

NPR, “We Asked All 50 States About Their Contact Tracing Capacity. Here's What We Learned,” April 28, 2020,  Note that Massachusetts is currently classified as not meeting the needed standard, but that it will do so when it hires the 1,000 workers contemplated under the state’s contact tracing program now launched with Partners in Health.  On this program see .

NPR, Fresh Air, "What The U.S. Might Learn From China's Approach To COVID-19," Dave Davies interviews Donald G. McNeil, Jr., health and science reporter for The New York Times, April 29, 2020, .  McNeil's bottom line:  ""We're nowhere near getting on top of this virus."  McNeil's tone in the Fresh Air interview is even.  He became quite a bit more heated during a CNN interview on May 11, which inclined The New York Times publicly to remonstrate him.  There's a link to the CNN interview, to The Times's statement and to other materials at .

New America, Open Technology Institute, "What Role Can Tech Play in Pandemic Response Plans? Potential & Risks Posed by Contact Tracing Apps," May 14, 2020,

New England Historical Society, “Henning Jacobson Loses His Freedom to the [Cambridge, MA]Board of Public Health,”  About Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905), a case many consider one of the most important in US public health jurisprudence, cited in many cases since, including one in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On this 2020 case, see

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen et al., "UK public opinion polarised on news coverage of government coronavirus response and concern over misinformation," Reuters Institute, Oxford University,  May 5, 2020,

Hong Kong Nguyen, “Vietnam’s Low-Cost COVID-19 Strategy,” Project Syndicate (April 8, 2020),

Fintan O’Toole’s Irish Times commentary saying, for the first time, the people of Ireland pity the US, is paywalled, but more or less paraphrased here:

Neel V. Patel, "The US has no idea how to manage all the testing data it’s collecting," Technology Review, May 7, 2020,

Rebekah Paxton, Case Studies on Re-Opening National Economies, and What to Expect in the U.S. and Massachusetts, Pioneer Institute, file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Reopening-PB%20(1).pdf  Based on case studies from Europe, Massachusetts’ strategy for beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic may include allowing businesses to open in phases and extending social distancing guidelines that include mask-wearing and maintaining distances between individuals.  Not your usual libertarianism!

Fred Pearce, “After the Coronavirus, Two Sharply Divergent Paths on Climate,” Yale Environment 360 (April 7, 2020),

Robert Peckham, “Past Pandemics Exposed China’s Weaknesses:  The Current One Highlights Its Strengths,” Foreign Affairs (March 27, 2020),

Minxin Pei, "China’s Coming Upheaval:  Competition, the Coronavirus, and the Weakness of Xi Jinping"

Foreign Affairs, May/June, 2020   Pei joins others for further roundtable discussion at .


Sarah Perez, “Facebook and Instagram will now show location of posts from high-reach accounts targeting US audiences,” TechCrunch, April 22, 2020,

David Price, MD, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, on protecting and empowering COVID-19 patients, their families and friends:

Province of British Columbia, BC’s Restart Plan,  British Columbia is one of the COVID-19 success stories, even though Canada itself is not.  Read how BC plans to stay successful.  And an interesting example for Americans from another, if it always completely similar, federal system.

RAND, State Policy Evaluation Tool:  The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions,  RAND has its own conclusions, which the article details, but you can try your own scenarios with this very supple utility.

Adam K. Raymond, “These Are the States Opening Back Uo for Business,” New York Magazine, April 28, 2020

Reich Lab COVID-19 Forecast Hub allows you to examine one forecast model or aggregations of them, for projected COVID-19 deaths, US-wide or by state:

John Reilly, “Estimating the Pace of Low-Carbon Technology Adoption,” T & D World, April 24, 2020, , report on a recent analysis by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Dani Rodrik, "Making the Best of a Post-Pandemic World," Project Syndicate, May 12, 2020,  

Michel Rose, “French lawmakers cry foul as government redraws coronavirus app debate,” Reuters, April 27, 2020,

Laura Roenberger, “ China’s Coronavirus Information Offensive,” Foreign Affairs April 22, 2020

Nouriel Roubini, “The Coming Greater Depression of the 2020s,” Project Syndicate,  April 28, 2020,

Jim O’Neill, “Reading the COVID-19 Market,” Project Syndicate, April 29, 2020, , is slightly less dour—or at least less definitive—than Roubini.  

Kevin Rudd, "The Coming Post-COVID Anarchy:  The Pandemic Bodes Ill for Both American and Chinese Power—and for the Global Order," Foreign Affairs, May 6, 2020,

Andrew Ryan et al., “Coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts are likely far higher than what’s been reported.  Here’s why.”  Boston Globe (April 22, 2020)

Jeffrey D. Sachs, “The East-Wet Divide in COVID-19 Control,” Project Syndicate (April 8, 2020),

Joshua A. Salomon and Arthur L. Reingold, "Federal Funding For State And Local Contact Tracing Efforts Is An Urgent Priority, And A Bargain," Health Affairs, May 11, 2020, HTTPS://WWW.HEALTHAFFAIRS.ORG/DO/10.1377/HBLOG20200506.867202/FULL/?UTM_SOURCE=NEWSLETTER&UTM_MEDIUM=EMAIL&UTM_CONTENT=EYE+ON+HEALTH+REFORM%3A+RISK+CORRIDORS%2C+COVID-19%2C+AND+THE+ACA%3B+COVID-19%3A+FEDERAL+FUNDING+FOR+CONTACT+TRACING%3B+MEDICAID+MCOS+AND+PAYMENT+REFORM%3B+INEQUITY&UTM_CAMPAIGN=HAT+5-11-20

Elena Sánchez Nicholás, “Coronavirus: Are we trading privacy for security?”  EU Observer (April 14, 2020),

Jeff Schechtman, “How Many Barrels of Oil Are You Willing to Take?” Who? What?  Why? April 24, 2020,


David Schleicher, “The States Are Toast,” Slate, April 27, 2020

Science News, "Most critically ill patients with COVID-19 survive with standard treatment, study reveals," May 6, 2020,

Science News, "Which COVID-19 models should we use to make policy decisions?"  May 7, 2020, .

Science News, "All disease models are 'wrong,' but scientists are working to fix that," Science News, May 5, 2020,

Elliot Setzer, “In ‘Paper Hearing,’ Experts Debate Digital Contact Tracing and Coronavirus Privacy Concerns,” Lawfare,  Tuesday, April 21, 2020,

Elliot Setzer, "Contact-Tracing Apps in the United States," Lawfare,  May 6, 2020 , The short version:  in the US at least, the shoe-leather approach is still essential.

Tara C. Smith, “The Pandemic Will Soon Test Rural America:  COVID-19 Meets Poor Health and Collapsing Hospitals,” Foreign Affairs, May 6, 2020,

Michael Spence and David Brady, “COVID-19 and the Trust Deficit,” Project Syndicate (April 22, 2020)

Constanze Stelzenmüller and Sam Denney,  “COVID-19 Is a Severe Test for Germany’s Postwar Constitution,” Lawfare Thursday, April 16, 2020

Joseph E. Stieglitz, “Internationalizing the Crisis,” Project Syndicate (April 6, 2020),  Why, as COVID-19 spreads, the rich countries need to act now so the poor countries will not collapse in debt.

Chris Strohm, “Barr Threatens Legal Actions Against Governors Over Lockdowns,” Bloomberg (April 21, 2020), 

Lawrence Summers, "Given What We’re Losing in GDP, We Should Be Spending Far More to Develop Tests," The Washington Post, May 05, 2020, reprinted at

Technology Review:  The Coronavirus Issue (May, 2020)

Tom Teicholz, “No, I haven’t read all of Proust. Fighting the coronavirus humble brag,” The Forward (April 7, 2020),  A pretty funny piece!

James Temple and Bobbie Johnson, “The first day was really hard”: Life as a contact tracer," Technology Review, May 10, 2020, HTTPS://WWW.TECHNOLOGYREVIEW.COM/2020/05/10/1001534/FIRST-PERSON-AMERICA-COVID-19-CONTACT-TRACER-EXPERIENCE/?TRUID=2E1BBCC2B722E5B28540ED730B0150CF&UTM_SOURCE=CORONAVIRUS&UTM_MEDIUM=EMAIL&UTM_CAMPAIGN=CORONAVIRUS.UNPAID.ENGAGEMENT&UTM_CONTENT=05-14-2020

Marcel Theroux “The end of coronavirus: what plague literature tells us about our future,” The Guardian, May 1, 2020, Reflections on works by Thucydides, Defoe, Mann and Camus.

Ralph Vartabedian, “Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus could be more contagious than original,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2020,

David G. Victor, "The Pandemic Won’t Save the Climate:  Don’t Expect the Clear Skies to Last," Foreign Affairs, May 7, 2020,

Meredith Wadman et al., "How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes" Science, April 17, 2020,

Robert Walton, “Energy efficiency efforts are shutting down due to COVID-19, threatening jobs and savings,” Utility Drive, April 6, 2020,

The Washington Post, at , has a valuable series of videos about the science and symptomatology of the COVID-19 virus.

Rebecca Wolfe and Hilary Matfess, “COVID and Cooperation: The Latest Canary in the Coal Mine,” Lawfare, May 3, 2020,

Daniel Yergin, one of the premier world experts on the economics of energy, looks at the current oil roil in “The Oil Collapse,” Foreign Affairs (April 2, 2020),

Charles Yu, “The Pre-pandemic Universe Was the Fiction,” The Atlantic (April 15, 2020), 

Shawn Yuan, “Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup:  The dawn of a pandemic—as seen through the news and social media posts that vanished from China’s internet,” Wired, May 1, 2020,  This is a valuable piece, carefully done.

Micah Zenko, “The Coronavirus is the Worst Intelligence Failure in US History,” Foreign Policy (March 25, 2020), 

Free coverage of COVID-19 news

Boston Globe coronavirus coverage is purportedly free but access can be irregular.

The Christian Science Monitor,

The Guardian is always free.  But sign up for breaking COVID-19 info at      

Health Affairs has free COVID-19 coverage at 

The New York Times has free coronavirus coverage but you may need to create an account, 

State House News Service has a summary of all its COVID-19 coverage—focused almost exclusively on Massachusetts government’s reaction to the crisis--, fee for the duration.  Check it out at

Technology Review’s weekly Coronavirus Tech Report is free (and excellent, with a wide variety of articles linked from beyond Technology Review, but you need to sign up, at 

Many other periodicals are offering free coronavirus coverage.


Boston Public Library.  Massachusetts residents can avail themselves of abundant BPL digital and online resources at and at  For access use an valid BPL library card or get one at   

Digital Public Library of America, headquartered at BPL Copley Square,, has numerous online exhibitions, sets of online primary source materials, and online genealogical and scholarly research resources, but its 37+-million items are also completely searchable.  It’s also launched a brand new web catalog that allows anyone to browse and directly download any of the more than 6,300 ebook titles available on DPLA’s Open Bookshelf.

 There’s a bit more guidance and T/A at .

Read classic novels, children’s books, textbooks and non-English titles, all for free, with no login or library card needed.  

The Making of America, a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction, is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology.  Browsable by subject.    


Armchair travel—an extensive and varied collection from Expedia:

Avian aria:  some fine feathered friends accompany/interpret the ‘Papageno/Papagena’ duet from Mozart’s Magic Flute.

The Charles River Conservancy has begun a series on the Charles River parks—you can see what’s been covered so far and perhaps, with the maps supplied, plan a (social-distance-appropriate) walk, at

Try Trickstercards for nine card games; easy to use—much easier, for bridge players, than, say, BridgeBase, though without all BridgeBase’s bells and whistles.  Simple, free enrollment at

Paint-By-Number for Adults,

George Orwell, “Some Thoughts on the Common Toad.”  Spring comes to London, 1946.

For Earth Day—and beyond:

Check out this intriguing game where players help NASA classify coral reefs and other shallow marine environments and creatures from locations all over the world!  And read about the sophisticated science the game hopes to advance. 

MIT’s John Sterman has taught at the Sloan School for decades, and he’s an expert on how big systems function and fail.  He’s turned his attention to climate change, and strongly urges advocates that the nostrum “let the science speak” just will not cut it.  What does work is playing games—specifically here, one that turns hypothetical policy scenarios into climate impacts, projected out to the year 2100.  Almost everyone has poor results to start, “poor” defined as having little or no impact on reducing CO2 emissions, so it’s back to the drawing board.  Sterman thinks people learn fast.   Hmmmm.  Anyhow, Bloomberg has somewhat simplified the game—this came from MIT, after all—which you can check out at  Learn more about the game at  Learn more about Professor Sterman at Erik Roston, “The Professor Who Turns Climate Change Into a Game,” Bloomberg Green (April 22, 2020),