“As a longtime health care reporter, I see the unfolding coronavirus pandemic as representing everything I’ve read about — from the early days of epidemiology to the staggering toll of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic — but had not covered in my lifetime.
“And still, I have been caught off guard by the pushback from top elected officials and even some friends and acquaintances who keep comparing it to the flu.”
This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime. The Facts You Need To Know, by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 15 March 2020
“‘We buy valuable handwritings of Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Charles Lindbergh, Napoleon Bonaparte and other well-known personalities at worldwide auctions,’ says the company on Instagram. ‘And all this just to irretrievably destroy these precious artifacts [sic] for our new SEKRÈ luxury handbags. 📜✂️Insane? Maybe a bit, but we do it intentionally.'”
“The practice has been condemned by antiquarian booksellers. ‘Once a manuscript has been taken apart in this way it is lost forever. They are part of our shared history,’ said Sally Burdon, president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. ‘It is difficult to understand any motivating factor behind the making the Sekrè handbags beyond the single obvious one of seeking a point of difference to make more sales … Is this destruction really worth it? Letters and manuscripts give us an insight into the character of the author of the letter and a feel for the time when they were written. This can be said for both an important letter and even something as apparently insignificant as a shopping list or a thank you letter.'”
Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 14 March 2020
What the f…? Huh.
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