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Michael Lewis on Covid and Grieving

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In his most recent book, The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, Michael Lewis wrote about grief as it applied to the many people who’d lost loved ones to the coronavirus. Then things got tragically personal: his daughter Dixie was killed in a car crash. The writer discusses his book, his loss, and his changed relationship with grief with The Dishcast host Andrew Sullivan, who was Lewis’s editor at The New Republic. Lewis likens his response to his daughter’s death to an overwhelmed computer freezing up. “You’re simultaneously getting through your day,” he says, “and rewriting this imagined future” of the parent going first. And he speaks of being “admitted to the kingdom of grief.” A silver lining, if you can call it that: Lewis is as ready as ever to put pen to paper. —J.V.

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