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Locked down but not out in Italy

Singing from the balconies! One nice thing about this crisis ... solidarity! “Guess you’re not living like a tourist anymore,” was the funny, truthful and somewhat gut-wrenching message of a friend the day the lockdown in Italy began. Today is day 6. My beloved Italia has been hit hard with the COVID19 epidemic. With the second largest elderly population in the world, the epidemic has meant a disproportionate amount of deaths in the country. So though I haven’t been worried about contracting it myself, this isn’t about me or someone like me who, if contracted it would probably have a sucky couple of weeks and then recover. It is about if someone like me contracted it and then spread it to a person with a complicated health history or an elderly person with a weakened immune system. Eerily orderly: Lines for the grocery store, each person one meter apart In a country with no concept (and no physical room really) for personal space, and in a city with reproachable hygie

What's your vote? I vote romantic.

So because I haven't had time to write lately, I am sharing with you other people's writing. Here is an article in the NY Times about the pragmatic vs. romantic and trendy vs. sincere.

What's your vote?

In Rome, a New Ritual on an Old Bridge

To some, a tangled mess of padlocks on Rome’s oldest bridge is a symbol of undying love; to others, it is a menace tantamount to vandalism.

Photo:Tyler Hicks/The New York Times