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April 11, 2020

This week: Getting married in the coronavirus era / Help discover a new galaxy / Why Don DeLillo deserves the Nobel Prize / The obesity factor in coronavirus danger / You are what you read during the quarantine

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1. An Oral History of a Socially Distanced Wedding
By Madison Malone Kircher | The Cut :: New York Magazine | March 2020
“The whole event happened in just three minutes. This is how you pull off an impromptu wedding amid a global pandemic.”

2. Comprehensive coverage of COVID-19
By Patrick Maks | The Definitive Source :: Associated Press | April 2020
“From Italy to Spain and New York to New Orleans, AP journalists around the world are working tirelessly to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic in all formats.”

3. Email Coroniquette: What ‘I Hope You’re Doing Well’ Really Means
BY Madison Malone Kircher | Vulture :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Communication, though, is always about transaction.”

4. Why I’m Not Going to South Padre Island
By Helen Anders | Texas Monthly | April 2020
“Even though it’s legal for property owners like me to be there, it’s not the right thing to do.”

5. Using COVID-19 to wage war on reusable grocery bags
By Emily Atkin | Heated | March 2020
“Conservative interests are teaming up to bring back the single-use plastic bag, using scientifically questionable claims that reusable bags spread coronavirus.”

6. NASA Moon Program and Hubble Telescope Successor Face COVID-19 Delays
By Irene Klotz | Scientific American | April 2020
“Space agencies must balance keeping staff safe and meeting launch deadlines”

7. Cooped Up at Home? Help Scientists Spot Penguins from Space or Seek Out Galaxies
By Meghan Bartels | Space.com | March 2020
“Some citizen science projects can be done during quarantine”

8. Stockholm, Are You Listening?
By Gerald Howard | BookForum | April / May 2020
“Why Don DeLillo deserves the Nobel”

9. What Your Go-To Quarantine Read Says About You
By Emily Temple | LitHub | April 2020
“Some of us are reading for comfort, some for distraction, some for enlightenment, some for visions of the apocalypse. Some are just reading so that they can stop staring at a screen for a little while. While everyone is dealing with this in their own way, you can tell a lot about someone from the first book they turn to in a crisis.”

10. Why is New Orleans’ coronavirus death rate twice New York’s? Obesity is a factor
By Brad Brooks | Reuters | April 2020
“New Orleans residents suffer from obesity, diabetes and hypertension at rates higher than the national average, conditions that doctors and public health officials say can make patients more vulnerable to COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.”

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