- By Year in Review
The fact that Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” during the plague was a rallying cry for creatives during the pandemic. Irritating? Yes, but we did see newness in 2020, including music from Taylor Swift, Cardi B’s “WAP,” and K-pop everywhere. Innovation entered live entertainment, as artists explored digital performing spaces. In literature, J.K. Rowling tore up her legacy as Louise Gluck took her place in the history books, and the death of George Floyd made the anti-racist reading list ubiquitous.