Wai Chee Dimock


    IN MY FORTHCOMING BOOK Weak Planet: Literature and Assisted Survival, I argue for a “risky symbiosis” with the microbes of the world, especially viruses. Sure, they can be deadly, but it doesn’t make sense to think of them only as pathogens, enemies. They’re a lot more interesting, with a lot more to offer. A planet without viruses is a dead planet. The best way to stay alive—and to keep the planet alive—is to come to terms with these microbes, coevolving with what we can’t eradicate.

    I’m not kidding. That viruses are dangerous but indispensable agents of evolution is a scientific fact. In their