The Coronavirus Has Killed Small Talk
How are you doing? What’s new? How’s it going? How’s life? I don’t know how to answer these questions anymore. How am I doing?
It is still possible to remember an age where we responded with courteously brainless white lies. You were always “Fine,” or “Good,” or sometimes “OK.” The truthfulness of the response was irrelevant in a world where it was possible to conceal the localized anxieties of our personal universes.
So it speaks to the enormity of this moment that the coronavirus has completely supplanted small talk in our social contract. How can anyone fib through a compulsory “How are you doing?” in a time like this? Instead, the empty space at the top of my conversations has been replaced with an inventory of the …continued .
[Source: New York Times]