I’m pleased to present my Renaissance Girl Columns, commenting on all things cultural. From the art and sciences to sports and activism, each article aims to expand knowledge, inspire insight and enrich the spirit with in-depth analysis, humor and an appreciation for the gifts of creativity in all of us.
Writers are naturals at social distancing. We live in our minds, tossing thoughts out like lifelines, while transforming blank pages into stories. So when a “stay-at-home” order was issued in Los Angeles to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, sending everyone home to stare at computers, I couldn’t help but think, “Now everyone’ll know what it feels like to be a writer.”
I was deep in research on an art-themed story on March’s Friday the 13th (go figure) when the public library and Getty Museum abruptly closed their doors. Not slated to reopen until “damned if we know,” their once supplemental online resources became suddenly