Magazine July 27, 2020, Issue

Retro Virus

A customer receives popcorn at the Vineland Drive-In movie theater in City of Industry, Calif., June 18, 2020. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Uncharted territory, no? Strange times. I don’t recall any other period in my life when, as I was leaving the house, anyone would regularly have said, “Don’t forget your mask, honey,” as though I were Jason Voorhees sauntering off to work for the day. My kids spent their last three months of school not in school, I haven’t so much as shaken the hand of anyone outside my family in 120 days, citizens are filling out tax forms in July, Amazon Prime takes two weeks instead of two days, the leading movie at the box office over the Fourth of

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