Before we cancel in-person meetings forever, can we make email less annoying?
Sins of the inbox
Some people are exclaiming about the benefits of canceled meetings—but if that means even more emails than before, Alaina Johns isn’t ready.
Especially in Philly, don't ignore the storm brewing around a global pandemic
Nice weather we’re not having
Kyle V. Hiller, once an aspiring meteorologist, spends Earth Day considering how climate change is directly linked to COVID-19 and the economic crash.
Four things we should be allowed to say about life in COVID-19 lockdown
Lifting quarantine taboos
Everywhere you look, there are inspirational tips for life in quarantine, and hopes that we’ll emerge from this better than we were. But there are few things Alaina Johns wishes more people would say.
Staying at home during the pandemic is just a start. What’s next?
Seeds in the streams
With a global pandemic threatening the survival of many arts communities in Philadelphia and around the world, Kyle V. Hiller considers what’s coming after the shouts to stay at home.
Living in isolation with the family you chose on Craigslist
Roommates in quarantine
When forming a household, whether it’s you and your pets and plants, a partner and kids, or roommates, nobody (including Alaina Johns) thought about what we’d do if we had to stay home together through a pandemic.
While coronavirus strands us at home, revisiting anime fights the loneliness
Living in the end times—again
In the midst of a pandemic that’s got us on lockdown, how do we handle isolation and anxiety? Kyle V. Hiller considers a series of films that might have the answers.
Seven hot tips from the editors for working at home in the COVID-19 crisis
No commute? No problem
Did you know that BSR’s team has always worked remotely? If shifting to work-from-home mode for a while (or keeping yourself occupied with a home-based project) feels overwhelming, editors Alaina Johns and Kyle V. Hiller have advice.
Considering coronavirus in Philly
Tips for this month’s apocalypse
As of March 10, 2020, Philly is watching cases of COVID-19 confirmed closer and closer to home. Meanwhile, racism against Asian people rises here and abroad. Alaina Johns washed her hands before writing.
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An editor’s public-relations tips for emerging independent artists
Here’s how to be one in a hundred
The arts calendar used to confine its self-producing frenzy to the Fringe—but now independent artists, and their questionable PR practices, are a year-round event. Alaina Johns has tips to make everyone’s lives easier.
The real cost of picking my brain—for both of us
What’s a writer worth?
“I would love to pick your brain!” Yes, I’ve heard it before, many times, and you probably have, too. But what happens when we talk about the price, and why is this especially tough ground for creative professionals? Alaina Johns considers.