Many of us have spent the past nine months lusting for a normal night like that. Many of us have spent the past four years longing for a normal president. In 2021, we may get both of those wishes. But what will “normal” look like? What should it look like?
We asked a dozen writers what they thought. Will we go back to the office, and if so, will we regret it? Will teachers and students have learned anything from Zoom school? Can the fashion and restaurant industries survive? Can bipartisanship? What is the future of political poetry? What is the future of promiscuous sex?
The pandemic isn’t over; there are months of suffering to come. But — eventually — it may be a happy new year after all.