The Weekly Stripe – 13.03.20
When art imitates life: how much is our collective response to COVID-19 informed by the way artists, filmmakers and philosophers have imagined our responses to similar infections?
12 Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis, helps us anticipate the regrets we will have in the future for decisions made in the past when confronted by a deadly virus
The Matrix makes us confront the uncomfortable thought: are we the virus?
More literally, did Dean Koontz predict coronavirus in his 1981 novel?
Edgar Allan Poe plays on our fears of diagnosis and misdiagnosis in his short story ‘The Premature Burial’
Bruno Latour’s chapter on Crisis in ‘We Have Never Been Modern’ teaches how we misunderstand the virus as nature, when they are just as much a phenomenon of culture