Wednesday, December 25, 2019

25 December

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Is it a coincidence that I started 2019 reading a book about the AIDS crisis and now, almost at year's end, I'm reading another book about the same topic? Early this year I picked up Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers, a fictional recreation of the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s. It is a very affecting meditation on friendship, grief, loss, memory, death, and art. David France's nonfiction work How to Survive a Plague, which I started reading this month, tells the story of the fight against AIDS. It gives testament to the grassroots movement that fought against the disease and the system that perpetuated it but doesn't romanticise those battles into sentimental feel-good narratives. 

Since its Christmas day, shouldn't I be reading a more cheerful book? Maybe I should stop reading altogether and just spend the day watching The Witcher instead. 


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