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What now? - Facing life without the entertainment world

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:22 AM
The Minskoff Theatre is shuttered Thursday, March 12, in New York, near Times Square, after Broadway theatres closed following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s banning of gatherings of more than 500 people over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minskoff Theatre is shuttered Thursday, March 12, in New York, near Times Square, after Broadway theatres closed following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s banning of gatherings of more than 500 people over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

NEW YORK (AP):

Overheard as the entertainment world stalled in response to the coronavirus outbreak: “What are we gonna do now, read books?”

That’s exactly what Pamela Milam will be doing, and lots of them.

Milam is a selection reader for the Women’s National Book Association, a non-profit established in 1917 to support, well, reading. She and her colleagues began a marathon this month to make it through as many as 100 books each as they help develop the organisation’s annual Great Group Reads list for National Reading Group Month in October.

POSTPONED PERFORMANCE

She is also an avid theatre goer. She lives in the heart of Times Square and goes to the theatre about once a week, but when Broadway and many other entertainments cancelled, cut back seating, or postponed performances last week, Milam knew exactly how she would fill the extra time.

“I’m happy, snug on my couch. I’ll do my best to make the most of that,” she said.

Many concert tours, awards shows, festivals, museums, sporting events, and more have shut down to help ‘flatten the curve’ as the virus spreads around the globe. Bans on big and medium-size gatherings are proliferating, prompting more people to hunker down at home.

Other people are working more, especially now that they’re doing it from home.

Psychotherapist Jeff Larsen in San Diego has a plan – for himself and his clients.

“It’s all about slowing down,” he said. “So absolutely pick up that book that’s been gathering dust, watch that movie, or binge-watch that TV show that you haven’t had time to watch. Most importantly, it’s the mindset that we, as humans, need to have going into this time period. It’s always a good thing when we can slow down and simplify our lives.”