The Well Read Red

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Today the Well-Read Red contrasts two essays about pandemics. Both draw on the same historical and literary sources, but derive utterly different conclusions from them. Our Well Read Red finds this fascinating and asks why Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author, and David Brooks, New York Times columnist, end up so far apart.


Plague victims, 17th century London: Sheila Terry / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group


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