In a time of social distancing, when performances with live audiences have been canceled and even mingling together in small gatherings is discouraged, writers find themselves, surprisingly, at an advantage. Ever adaptable, Homo sapiens is also the storytelling species: No matter the technology, no matter the grimness of our condition, we want to be told stories. Whether the stories are beautifully or crudely narrated, whether they are uplifting or tragic, whether they bear a glancing relationship with reality or are entirely fantastic—this scarcely matters: We need stories, and we will have them.

While…

Read More