With a second COVID-19 lockdown coming to your town soon – Graz just went to warning level orange which is akin to Corona DEFCON 3 – you might want to think about what you’re going to read when you’re cooped up again.

Sales of Camus’ The Plague spiked in the first lockdown. I highly recommend it if you are feeling existential, but admittedly it’s not exactly a page turner. If you’re a real glutton for self-inflected punishment you could also tackle Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Personally, however, I think it is like Joyce’s Ulysses. The most anyone has ever really read are the Cliff Notes.

A lesser known example of plague literature is Edgar Allan Poe’s short story King Pest the First. I know, I know. You aren’t supposed to admit to liking Poe, but I DO LIKE Poe. I freely concede to being a lowbrow – the rarified opinions of erudite literary critics be damned.

Give King Pest a read a tell me what you think.

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