I haven’t been on vacation. Instead, I have been busy writing a book. It is a compilation of essays in which I give my opinions on life during coronavirus. Some of them are funny, some are angry, some are sad, some are serious, some are trivial, and some are just plain weird. With the possible exceptions of 9/11 and maybe Bush v. Gore and the elections of Barack Obama and Donald, I consider coronavirus to be the most important historical event of the 21st century. It is the climax of the Fourth Turning (i.e, a time of hardship much like winter) that William Strauss and Neil Howe accurately predicted over two decades ago. It is a crisis on the scale of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. And the fallout of coronavirus will affect generations to come. Already, the United States has been racked with mass layoffs and hospitalizations; bankruptcies of businesses ranging from J.C. Penney to Brooks Brothers to Chuck E. Cheese’s; riots in Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, and numerous other cities; and draconian lockdowns. In 1967, there was a Henry Fonda oater called Welcome to Hard Times. And we will unquestionably be in hard times until some sort of a vaccine or an effective treatment will be found.
I am not sure if my book will be fiction or non-fiction. It is still in the first draft stage. That means there will be a lot of reworks and editing before it is printed. Fun, fun, fun.
Stay tuned for more posts whenever I have the time to get back on the soapbox.
Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day
Writing a book is fun until you write the first word.