Mark Siegel interviewed by Brigid Alverson for ICv2—
"We have to be looking at a big picture or else we are not going to be able to respond to the scale of this event in a way that’s going to make sense. We need to grow up and be bigger people, because there’s no equivalent that we can point to. You can’t point to other pandemics, you can’t point to world wars, 9/11. This is something of a different order that is going to transform the world one way or another.
There are some things that are not going to make it. There are some things we are going to have to jettison, and probably some ways of carrying on and certain patterns we have grown accustomed to and comfortable with are simply not going to be part of the future. It’s not a fun conversation to have, it’s certainly not going to cheer anybody up right now, but I feel like this is where we start to build something else, something better.
I do feel a strange kind of indomitable optimism for the long run, and then I feel a good deal of worry about the short run. You kind of have to live with those two things."
Publishing Through the Pandemic