Zoom Fatigue

At the end of a day of Zoom calls, we're exhausted. We're not necessarily increasing the number of meetings we attend, but we are consuming them in a decidedly different format. As we continue to push out and consume great content, consider that one of the consequences of our current technology situation: fatigue. Countless articles have come out on "Zoom Gloom," from the BBC to the Wall Street Journal and Psychology Today. It seems that facing a Brady Bunch-grid on the screen has our senses working overtime. So, breath deep, get up and go for walks and simply acknowledge that we are working and living in a time that requires patience and insight. Hoping for a break from screen time, last week we headed to A Cappella Books, where owner Frank Reiss carried books to our car from a socially responsible distance. His business benefits from revenue generated through book signings and author talks. When we return to normal, we want to get back to counting on Frank's literary events. Until then: Shop local. Buy books from A Cappella. Looking for a great read? I'm super excited to dive into the new offerings by some of my favorite authors including "The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett and "Year of The Monkey" by Patti Smith. I'm currently consuming "Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture" by a new-to-us author, Grace Elizabeth Hale. Of course, we can't venture from our screens for too long. Not when some of the world's hottest DJs are spinning like it's 1999. You can't keep creative energy down. And music is meant to be played. We loved reading about DJs streaming all night and all day in the New York Times. In addition to global guys like D-Nice and Diplo, we've been catching sets by locals Yvonne Monet and Salah. We're still loving art online. Flux Projects is four weeks into its six-week installation of short films including "Rhythm of a Virus," an animated data visualization by MEPTIK; "Time I Had Some Time Alone," a series of animated micro-memoirs by Anne Corbitt; "Stir Crazy," a short performance of OkCello; and "Over The Bent World," a virtual project by Whitney and Micah Stansell. Also, don't miss Jackson Fine Art's Instagram Live THIS Friday at 5 p.m. ET featuring artist Cig Harvey. Sure, we're reminiscent of parties where the DJ, art and guests are all in person. But we're cheering on folks who are re-defining events and activities in the time of Covid-19. Open Hand is "turning the tables" on its annual Dining Out For Life event. This week -- April 27 to May 3 -- Open Hand is hosting "Take Out & Dine In," where you patronize a participating restaurant and make a donation to the cause in the name your select eatery. We're doing our best to support local restaurants, and we're also really enjoying cooking for our families. We were inspired by a bittersweet read from Locanda Verde chef Andrew Camellini in Saveur, who is missing his restaurant kitchen, and this one from our old pal and AJC dining critic John Kessler in Chicago Magazine. I even updated my cooking blog. One thing's for sure, there's certainly nothing like a pandemic to get back to the blog you haven't touched in a year. Remember: we're all doing our best and we're all in this together.

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