I did an interview for a BBC News article published today about the Covid-19 economic crisis, and here are some other updates that I’ve been remiss about mentioning:
- Ofer Sharone and I wrote an essay for the Atlantic titled “The Second Phase of Unemployment Will Be Harsher.”
- Katie Couric interviewed me for her podcast Next Question with Katie Couric about the recent spike in joblessness.
- Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn discussed my work in their New York Times opinion piece “Who Killed the Knapp Family?” and in their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. (I’m including a photo of one of the pages that mentions my work, from the copy of the book that WuDunn kindly mailed me. And I’ll just put this tweet from Nicholas Kristof up here as well, which I plan to have tattooed somewhere on my body.)
It’s an honor to be mentioned in these circles, and I’m heartened to hear people engaging with some of my ideas about grace—a perspective of compassion, acceptance, and nonjudgment that especially resonates during this time of crisis, I think. The morality of grace has a particularly prominent place in Kristof and WuDunn’s book, as mentioned in the Publishers Weekly review: “Kristof and WuDunn avoid pity while creating empathy for their subjects, and effectively advocate for a ‘morality of grace’ to which readers should hold policy makers accountable.” Hopefully, this crisis will inspire both soul-searching and action.