FaD series

What’s in a name?

I think Shakespeare posed the existential question 420 years ago. Probably high from the bubonic bong.

Names can be tricky. Under what circumstances and in whose company should I use “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2?” Is using “Covid-19” over-familiar? And “pandemic” sounds too Phil Spector wall-of-sound (and no one wants that).

To the matter before you.

Welcome to FAD. That’s short for, “From a Distance: My Dinner with…”

In middle March 2020, I launched a series of profiles, interviews and conversations, each one tied to The Great Pause.

What’s behind the name? This:

From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It’s the voice of hope
It’s the voice of peace
It’s the voice of every man
(Sung by Bette Midler, written by Julie Gold)

And this:

I was beginning to realize that the only way to make this evening bearable, would be to ask Andre a few questions. Asking questions always relaxes me. I always enjoy finding out about people. Even if they are in absolute agony, I always find it very interesting.
(From the film, “My Dinner with Andre”)

Enjoy the meal. Did you wash your hands?