COVID-19

At Hollywood and Sunset: Instead of homes, the homeless get hand-washing stations in LA.

I gotta admit, it’s been hard for me to focus this past few…how long has it been since we’ve been on lockdown? One week? Two? Three? I honestly can’t tell anymore. There are too many things converging and melting down all at once at every level: a national and global medical disaster, a political crisis, a looming humanitarian catastrophe, an oligarchic power grab, and all sorts of imperial sadism — all triggered by a pathogen that was pumped into our lives by our own neoliberal globalized industrial economy. It all bleeds together. And all the while, people are dying and millions are losing their jobs and livelihoods and facing evictions. People are panicking, and it’s only gonna get worse. We’re seeing the rotten core of our society exposed in real time — and it feels like we’re entering some sort of political event horizon, but no one’s sure what kind.

This crisis stands at the intersection of a lot of the reporting that I’ve done over the last decade-plus. And as we sit all isolated from the world and from each other, I feel like the best thing I can do with my energy and my journalism right now is to try to cover this crisis as much as I can from my self-isolation here in LA. I’ve done that a bit already, but I’d like to do a lot more.

So I wanted to reach out and ask you: Is there anything in particular you’d want me to cover, to investigate, or write about in this crisis? Let’s start a discussion thread below.

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—Yasha Levine


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PS: For a bid morbid comic relief, I give you…