This biography of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was published this year. Nothing specific was said about the pandemic, but the obvious message is that it is time to more broadly understand her role in the adoption of inoculation as a medical technology.
2 weeks ago to the day I had been taking a deep dive into the world of "AI Art" thanks to "Midjourney", a subscription-based online AI (for "Artificial Intelligence") art generator that builds images from text prompts - an early result is the featured image of this post - having seen interesting results online, before my investigations were rudely interrupted by a bout of COVID...
Berlin compares Tolstoy with Maistre, a post-French Revolution, ultramontane Catholic, and extremely conservative thinker who thought Europe should return to the blind Catholicism and authoritarianism of the Dark Ages. He was a hedgehog.
I bought this book in 1978 and reread it after I finished my bio of Tove. Her father was a sculptor, Viktor Janssen, and her mother, “Ham”, an artist. It is a quick read-about 2 hours-and consists of short vignettes written from a child’s point of view.