How do you sum up a year like this one? The past 12 months have thrown so many curveballs that it’s become cliché to try and enumerate them all. Among my friends and loved ones, “2020” has become a kind of shorthand for baffling, absurd, heartbreaking, enraging. I started the year by proclaiming how exhausted I was. I don’t think any of us had any idea how exhausted we were about to become.
As I look back on 2020, I find myself thinking of it as a study in contrasts. This year has brought out both the best and the worst of America.