Gone are the early, heady days, when sheltering in place afforded the time to make sourdough loaves, start craft projects and consult books on new homesteading skills. With nothing to look forward to but lockdown fatigue, lukewarm take-out and more isolation, the spirit of making things has soured. Fuses are short, patience is tested and “Do It Yourself” has taken on a new tone entirely.

Leanne Shapton is the author, most recently, of “Guestbook.”

Teddy Blanks is a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based graphic design studio CHIPS.

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