April 8, 3:15 p.m. , New York City

Went to the library, several blocks downtown. Every other person is out on the streets of the city, standing in our parks, trying out their glasses.

It seems the New York Public Libraries had notified everyone they’d have eclipse-safe glasses but my library had signs every two feet: NO MORE GLASSES AND DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU CAN GET THEM.

All the schools seem to have disgorged their students who hang on the corners in their usual bunches.

It’s so charming. Without the proper eye gear, I’ll be watching from my windows. It is darkening now. Is there anything in our human experience more reliable than an eclipse?

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