Posts by sarcozona

Who gets to breathe?

Today as I’m paging through reviews for $800 HEPA filters in an early smoke season during a pandemic, I’m remembering a sci-fi story where you had to buy clean air and poor people coughed and scrimped for air canisters and died. If we’d fixed ventilation and air purification instead of just shutting restaurants and gyms […]

“Pas du tout! I am a Bolshevik.”

It is hard to see how a figure so marvelously intemperate could ever be bridled to the satisfaction of the Anglo-American mainstream. Still, the intellectual historian Robert Zaretsky has made an impressive attempt to win over skeptics in his new book, The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas. Somewhere between biography and philosophical […]


Instead of hoping that I get well enough that I don’t have to sleep with this tacky plastic basin next to my bed, I’m just going to find a vomit receptacle that blends in with my room’s decor. I could puke in a nice vase.

No capacity

CBC Lite | Quebec ERs ‘on the verge of a breakdown’ and need help, emergency doctor says — Read on We don’t have healthcare capacity for even small additional covid waves. We don’t even have healthcare capacity for non-covid issues right now.