In a touching tribute, Menon revealed Fauci’s name has an African origin, which might offer insight into why you associate with the disease in certain geographic areas.
Sadly, Fauci’s gift is not the only one to come from untimely deaths in our families this year. And while much of our guilt is undoubtedly rooted in the characters played by actors — Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Mary J. Blige as Florence Foster Jenkins for “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” Jeff Daniels as Clarence Darrow in “Righteous Kill” — we owe some of that grief to celebrity deaths, which continue to be downright sad.
Yet the world is still moving on. The horizon is filled with exciting and hopeful films from across genres, including “Goblin Prince,” “Creed II,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Captain Marvel,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Toy Story 4,” “Aquaman,” “Captain Marvel,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Mule.” As my mother’s dad used to say, “We’ll get through it.”
“The world is still moving on,” Menon said.
But can animals provide a balm? Is there an antidote to an avoidable epidemic, from the flu to cancer? A decade ago, Fran Lebowitz and Robin Morgan explained in “Misunderstood,” that we need to change “paradoxically from apathy toward living beings to a sense of kinship and connection,” focusing on nurturing our immediate “grounds of love and belonging,” as people, children and animals.
Sadly, we have seen these themes throughout cultural spaces this year, from the evening sessions at South by Southwest to the print ads for Ikea in the Sundance catalog.
You’d think it was as simple as accepting our limited scope of imagination, but it is not. From a recent trip to the Smithsonian’s Carl J. Levin Center, I found myself thinking of that great philosopher Socrates in that old saying: “If everyone has a theory, nobody has a theory.”