I’m not glossing over the heartbreaking destruction of the past week. But enough has already been said about this unfortunate setback, and I’ve probably exorcised my anxiety with a punishing exercise regime (at least by late middle-aged standards).

Social media is quicksand for those with a morbid fascination with disaster. I got sucked down … deep. The more I tried to grope for a solid frame of realism for the unfolding events — like checking the rand’s interpretation of events — the more I flailed despondently into my Twitter feed, with its pervading sense of doom mixed with the persistent ooze of political bile...

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