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Suffering Chronic Depression by Seong Lib

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What Will Become of Us?

“Hello, Elmo” Golda says politely as she tosses her red plush friend on top of her doll, already-buckled into the tiny stroller. My daughter keeps adding her toys one by one. An oversized plastic butterfly sits on the table. She picks that up, too. “Come here, Par-par!” which she recently learned means butterfly in Hebrew. And finally, the bath toys. “Alimango!” (Tagalog for crab).

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“Daphne” sculpture by Kate MacDowell

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Hello there!
Hiya! Meh.

“Whistler’s Mother Trying to Remember the Login Password” from If It Were Today series by Ji Lee

For the last few months, Golda has been practicing her birthday. Lying in her crib every night she’d sing happy birthday to herself. She’d ask us to light candles so she could practice blowing them out.

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“Edgware, Hendon and Mill Hill” pen and ink portrait by Ed Fairburn


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Animation Party by Daz Yang

Some days, when the world is feeling particularly dark, I’ve found that playing a record helps. Any album, really. I love the mechanics of it all–the automatic motions of the arm and the crackle before the first song. The predictability of one song after the next. The 25 minutes of linear auditory experience.

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Gif art by Koba Nieuwoudt

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“African’t” paper cutouts by Kara Walker

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Hey there!
Thanks for opening the fridge. Hope you enjoy these snacks.

“Key” digital illustration by Javier Jaén

I. What is The Lesson?
Splayed across the table lie a handful of colorful jelly beans. My daughter Golda, who just turned 19 months old, stands in front of her toddler-sized green chair counting. “Wwwwwwuuuun… Tooooo… threeee…. Furteen!” It makes for an adorable video. As we’re teaching her numbers and colors, it also reminds me how we learn.

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“Illustrated People” (photo negatives “sunburned” onto skin) by Thomas Mailaender

I. This Is Our Life Now
Exactly one year ago, my wife, daughter, and I packed up our car and drove 18 hours from New Jersey to Chicago. As we crossed into Pennsylvania, Lauren turns to me and says “I guess this is our life now.” It’s become a running joke between us, that we feel a permanence and complete immersion in a temporary lifestyle. Those first few weeks of parenthood. An international flight. By the third day of a long vacation. And definitely these last few weeks in socially distant quarantine.

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A Family is Separated in Bosnia/Sarajevo,1993 by Susan Meiselas

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