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The future of the university in the age of Covid
Shortly after the start of lockdown, British households became hooked on the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People. The show’s protagonists, Marianne and Connell, fall in love at school and find each other again at university — first at a party, then in a bar, then in her rooms. In their own melancholic way, they live the undergraduate dream — love, growing up, intellectual pretension.