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The Pandemic and the Decadent Society

Heidi Deddens
Heidi Deddens is the managing editor of Comment magazine. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on English Literature from Trinity Western University, where she was managing editor of the university's literary journal. Born and raised in Western Canada, she now lives in Ottawa.

Has the coronavirus deepened our decadence, or pushed us somewhere new? One year into the pandemic, Ross Douthat wonders if we’re justified in feeling optimistic about society’s trajectory—and concludes that things are likely to get worse before they get better.