I love ATTICUS REVIEW! I published a short story there a long time ago, a microfiction more recently, and this will be my first essay, a short one where I assembled my recent micromemoirs featuring allegorical figures of Death. (I just got a super-nice rejection of one of the micromemoirs from CHEAP POP, almost as nice as an acceptance.) It feels like a while since I've had an acceptance. "Last Medley" won't be out until late September or October, but I figure Death and Covid-19 will still be on my mind. I hope the pandemic won't be much worse, but right now the statistics in California are alarming. We've suddenly gotten much, much worse and many Californians seem to be pretending that it's not happening.
Today's CDC statistics (and since the Trump administration wants states and hospitals to bypass the CDC and report numbers directly to them, we can no longer count on them):
U.S. 4,280,135 cases
(54,448 new cases)
(1,126 new deaths)