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Shadows, Tokens, Spring [private]

September 15, 2022

1. The Mongolian marmot, or tarbagan, is hunted in the fall, when the animal has prepared for hibernation by fattening itself on the berries, roots, and lichens of the Altai Mountains. It has been hunted for as long as humans have hunted. A [...]

Illustration by Lauren Simkin Berke


Is it possible to understand the persistent lag in vaccination rates as a function of failed metaphor? That is to say, as a failure of language—the language of data, the language of science, the language of political rhetoric (to name just a few vocabularies)—to meet individuals at their particular coordinates on the social map? The virus and our national response to it has been figured and refigured.