A Pivot Moment

Prolific columnist, author, and Matoonian, Will Leitch, has started a blog of sorts on Medium. I find this interesting because his Substack email newsletter has been pretty much a blog1 since he launched it. Still, it seems he wants to write about the here and now in order to get his thoughts in order as well as send out an artifact of 2020 and beyond. Basically, his goal is to highlight what this pandemic/climate change/culture change/election year is doing to us.

As I embark on this new Medium project, for which I’ll be writing regularly every week. I am trying to capture the madness of living through this moment: Not just the political fights, not just the idiots marching through Target, not just the whole American West on fire, not just everything we think we think about everything crumbling around us at every moment. It feels like we are at a pivot moment in history, and it affects every aspect of American life: Schools, churches, entertainment, car pools, grocery shopping, all of it. That’s what I am going to try — and likely fail, but I will still try — to capture. The day-to-day experience of surviving 2020 … and what we’ll tell our children about it. If there’s a world left for them to ask it in.

Documenting thoughts and feelings in real-time is probably the purest form of a personal blog. Part of the joy is looking back at a specific time and place and reminding oneself of that time and place as well as others who may not have been old enough to understand. I look forward to his installments. 


  1. He really should have a dedicated website/blog, but I digress