As of this writing, daily coronavirus case counts are over 30,000, a country-wide level we haven’t seen since April. This past Thursday, we set a single-day record of nearly 60,000 new cases. Hospitals in many parts of the United States are exceeding capacity. Many states have hit “pause” on their re-opening plans. Some are re-closing. So, whether we like it or not, it’s time to accept that infections are surging. Lord knows what the landscape will look like after the July 4th weekend.
The phone in your palm has the potential to hold more books than filled the vaunted Library of Alexandria. Your movie subscription service grants you access to more films than you have hours in your life to watch. And song? Well, pick any tune from day one of recorded music to the present and the likelihood is high that you can listen to it after five minutes of online searching. Put another way, thanks to digital technology, we are living in an unprecedented time with respect to access of American (indeed, global) arts and letters.