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Blogging the Plague: Camus, Covid-19, and the Current Chaos by Peter Vernezze examines current-day COVID-19 dynamics through the lens of Albert Camus' 1947 classic novel, The Plague, about a small town in Algeria that is devastated by a plague transmitted from animals to humans. During today's pandemic, Camus' novel became hot again as worldwide populations sought it out to find comparisons and perhaps even solace between its pages, using it as a coping mechanism of sorts. Besides re-reading the novel and blogging about the similarities and differences between today's Coronavirus and Camus' plague, philosopher Peter Vernezze discusses a wide variety of current events and COVID-19-related phenomena, like Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd. His blogging took place over a span of four critical months when the pandemic exploded into an earth-shaking panorama of social issues and upheaval.
I like that this author offers his honest thoughts on the subject of our current pandemic, not just repeating what everyone else has said or is saying. Original thought isn't what it used to be, and it's nice to hear philosophers like Vernezze discussing social issues, sometimes bluntly, sometimes cynically, but always thoughtfully. You feel that he thinks before he speaks, and gives examples of his points and conclusions. What he said about Camus' work--how it affects on a personal level--can also be said about his own work. I enjoyed his comparison of reading Camus' novel to listening to a good blues number when you're down. It can be cathartic, and so can Vernezze's take on things. Blogging the Plague by Peter Vernezze is an insightful read that resonates deep inside.