William Pierce at the website of the Goethe Institut:
Yesterday I went food shopping in the now quasi-military operation of a big grocery store near Boston. Near the entrance, I stopped to take a picture of an advertising placard—one of the neighboring stores touting its “Spring 2020 bridal collection.” It’s harder than usual to begrudge people their attempts to make money right now. We’ve learned how fragile the world’s systems of income are, even for those who make far more than they need. Airlines’ business can evaporate from one week to the next. Hotels can empty overnight. Who knew it could happen everywhere across the world at once? So there was pathos in the timing of the ad, which was very likely to fail. But the reason I stopped to take a picture, and the reason the picture has become a symbol of the moment for me: it featured an airbrushed photograph of a tall, white, easygoing, never-in-her-life-hungry bride—and passing behind her, from my frame of reference though of course not the bride’s, was a woman in blue nitrile gloves and a face mask, pushing a shopping cart back toward her isolation.