Julia Scott

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What happens when a building of strangers comes to depend on each other to stay healthy? One person’s COVID-19 exposure could endanger others in proximity. We all need to protect each other at the same time.

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Shut In Together: 119 Neighbors and Me in an Oakland Condo

KQED's The California Report
March 31st, 2020

My 119-unit building has about 180 residents. We’re all be living and working here under coronavirus lockdown, separated by a concrete wall and under one roof. I started wondering: How are we all coping?

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The Panic Button

Notre Dame Magazine
October 1st, 2019

The problem with all our fears is that they tell good stories. The plots may vary, but the core message is unsettling. It’s about uncertainty, about our profound lack of control over our lives, on this planet, in this universe.

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On Being Alone

Notre Dame Magazine
January 1st, 2019

We find so much comfort in the presence of others, sometimes without realizing it. Even having someone in the next room is a comfort. But when the house is still and there’s nothing else to do, the self confronts. And we would do almost anything to avoid hearing what it has to say.

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Letter of Recommendation: Candle Hour

New York Times Magazine
March 18th, 2018

At night, by candlelight, the world feels enduring, ancient and slow. To sit and stare at a candle is to drop through a portal to a time when firelight was the alpha and omega of our days.

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Heavyweight episode: “Julia”

Heavyweight
November 8th, 2016

‘Heavyweight’ host Jonathan Goldstein helps people confront difficult chapter from their past. Mine had been waiting for a very long time.

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