Magazine April 6, 2020, Issue

Bagel Before You Go?

A Safeway baker puts out fresh bagels at the store in Wheaton, Md., February 13, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

One of the problems inherent in writing for a fortnightly journal is the likelihood that events will make your points moot or your japery seem unwise. You think you’re being clever writing, “I’d go nuts if I had to stay home for two weeks in quarantine — why, it would be Wuhan Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!” And then when the magazine comes out, CNN is reporting that exhausted public-health officials are pitchforking cadavers into hastily dug pits and setting the heap on fire. 

Hope it hasn’t come to that when you get this. But if it has, it’s interesting that

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