The A1 Verse: Cold numbers

By Thomas Gaulkin | November 9, 2020

Illustration by Soledad Miranda-Rottmann (via Creative Commons)

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred today, November 9, 2020.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


‘Terrifying’ Surge Awaits a New Administration
(from the original by Sarah Mervosh, Mitch Smith and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio.)

the magnitude
10 million
the grip
100,000 a day
the astonishing
one in 441
the control
73 days
at odds
cold winter

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