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Reading the lockdown diary: writers on how Covid-19 has changed their lives

A new anthology collects lockdown diaries from writers all over the world—and shows the small benefits of recording things down in real time

By Marina Benjamin  

Lockdown happens so fast. One moment we’re rushing about stockpiling toilet roll and tinned foods, the next we are vanished, scurrying indoors like terrified mice, party to a silent consensus to disappear.

I think of Italo Calvino’s Baucis in Invisible Cities—a city raised high above the Earth on stilts and home to the planet’s…

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