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Michael McColly is author of The After-Death Room: Journey Into Spiritual Activism, a Lambda Award–winning memoir that chronicles his reporting on HIV/AIDS activism in Asia, Africa, and America. He has taught literary nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Sun, In These Times, and Another Chicago Magazine. Landscapes of Grief, Paths of Desire: Walking the Divided Coast of Chicagoland is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.
Indifference toward the most vulnerable has driven the death toll of COVID-19, just as it did during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Against this backdrop, even small acts of kindness can make a difference.