It is Wednesday morning, my wife and kids have left for work and school and I am sitting in my home office, which has a beautiful view of the Gudenå river valley. I have the whole day to myself, no teaching, no meetings, no administrative drudgery. I am currently working on three books and it is one of those bright mornings that are perfect for writing. What’s not to like?

A lot as it turns out. It was the same yesterday and the day before that. I can hardly remember what my office at Aarhus University is like. COVID-19 has gotten in the way of my going there. I am unsure what precisely is getting on my nerves. Is it the peace and quiet, the freedom to finally concentrate on my work? If so, it is very unflattering and slightly disconcerting.

Maybe it is the sensation that the world is unravelling around me while I am doing nothing? Adding insult to injury, two of the books I am working on concern European…

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