You can leave your mask off: welcome to the isolation ward of remote working
While millions find kinship and meaning in the office, it is anathema to others
The ambient chatter. The soul-revealing choices of desktop paraphernalia. Even the proprietary tension over coffee mugs — all the more vicious, as Henry Kissinger said of campus politics, for the stakes being so low.
There are people who cannot do without the human tableau of office life. The typical workplace can be society in miniature (literature’s indifference to it is its abiding failure) and a place where millions find kinship and even a sort of meaning.