Schism nation: a journey through a pre-election US

In this Covid travelogue, ranging from the Black Lives Matter murals of Brooklyn to the anti-maskers of Kentucky, Johanna Gohmann takes a snapshot of life in the US one week before the most momentous presidential election in modern history

24th October, 2020
Schism nation: a journey through a pre-election US
Trump signs on Arizona State Route 95 between Needles, California, and Laughlin, Nevada

My husband and I were in Indiana, lying side by side, though several feet apart. He sprawled sleepily in what used to be my mother’s bed, while I was perched in my father’s old bed. Just as when I was a child, the two queen beds were pushed together.

I whispered to David to turn up the volume on the set of headphones we were sharing, as I was having trouble...

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