life under lockdown

Scenes From Your Pandemic: Lessons of Co-Isolation

I learned my roommate orders no less than one Amazon item per day. I try not to judge, but the boxes are everywhere.” Photo: Illustration

We recently asked New York readers to share scenes from their daily lives during the coronavirus pandemic for a new, open-ended series we hope will help all of us see beyond our limited perspectives amid this unprecedented and often isolating experience. It will soon be 90 days since we’ve been cooped up with just ourselves and our housemates — whether that be a partner, a child, a parent, a roommate, a pet, or just me, myself, and I. To mark the occasion, for an upcoming Scenes From Your Pandemic, we’re inviting you to submit photographs or artwork that depict what you’ve learned about your co-isolationists. Include an image as well as what you learned in an email to by Monday, June 15.

“I learned that my mom uses the knives I gave her for Mother’s Day for household chores, like cutting up seat cushions.”

I learned my wife sneaks our empties into the recycling once it’s on the street. She doesn’t want the super to know how much we drink!”

I learned that every literary assumption I had about my wife crumbled
thanks to an emailed Amazon receipt.”

I learned that my girlfriend only bakes to take photos for Instagram.”

Submit a photo, drawing, screenshot, collage, or doodle that illustrates the most shocking, disgusting, heart-wrenching, bizarre, or wonderful thing you’ve learned about the person you are quarantined with.

You can share your photographs and artworks by emailing them to us at by Monday, June 15. (Submissions can remain anonymous, just let us know.)

Scenes From Your Pandemic: What I Learned About You