Reading

On Immunity and Paternalism

I was reading Eula Biss’ collection of essays before the Disney Land measles outbreak. I appreciate the way she rotates subjects around as if they are a critical element in an interior decorating project: holding the subjects up close, then further away, squinting one eye, setting it aside a few objects, and then a few others, adjusting, tweaking and inverting as she proceeds. I switched over to her book, On Immunity: An Inoculation to see how she turned this topic around in her palm. I have not been disappointed. Her voice is protective, curious, and authoritative. She reviews the history of vaccination in…