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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Not Again

The online version of the French newspaper, Le Courrier Picard, runs a Sunday headline reading “Nouveau Peril  Jaune?” (New Yellow Peril?), featuring a photo of an Asian woman wearing a face mask.

coronavirus ...
I read through yellowing pages
of La Peste

Fear has a knack of getting its way; we would realize this if we were not confined within four walls of our needs  and desires. Disguised as safety measures, fear of a pandemic has turned into a pandemic of fear ...  of the other.

Note: Albert Camus's 1947 novel, La Peste (The Plague), tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.