1. I feel very much that we are living in a dystopian moment. Broadly, we live within a society with dystopian aspects that are very quickly about to be proven untenable. With all of the chaos echoing throughout the world right now, I believe the United States may be the hardest struck, and subsequently the most changed of all. Though it will come at a heavy price, COVID-19 is a spotlight on a dim world; here and abroad, each and every nation is currently having its societal ills exposed, and there will be no way for the socially uninformed or unconcerned to continue to live in ignorance or arrogance by the time the virus has swept through. For the US in particular, our healthcare system would be literal capitalist parody if one found it in a book. Compared to the rest of the modern world, our social programs, including financial assistance, education, and mental healthcare, are laughable at best and nightmarish at worst. It's an unfortunate fact, but one which I truly believe, that people, especially Americans, learn best from mistakes and the most from tragedy. The overwhelming majority of us will be fine, and I think we'll come out of it okay overall, but when all is said and done and we start learning the final numbers, and how only a few simple steps could have prevented the bulk of it, I think we will gradually come to disbelief on a societal scale and change will then come easily.
As for recounting in the future, I think it would be fair for any of us to narrate from our own perspectives, what might be called first-person past, and recount only what we personally lived through. Realistically, it's only for historians to try to give detached perspectives involving records and data from this time. For us, our sole true perspective, when it's all said and done, will be our own, and our most valuable possible contributions in recounting will be our individual experience both as a unique perspective on life during the pandemic, and avoiding speaking and projecting onto that which we didn't personally know.
2. My favorite dystopian book would probably be 1984 by George Orwell. 1984 is an obvious standout among dystopias which I was required to read for an assignment a few years ago. It's perhaps the chief example of modern (kind of) satire, pushing a concept to its extreme to highlight its absurdities, or in the case of 1984,its frightening realities. I don't know if I would say I enjoyed the book - after all, its subject matter is pretty grim - but it's stuck with me since I read it, and I rank it among my favorites because it's such a strong example of purposeful writing.
To that point, I find it to be a powerful affirmation of literature on a broad scale seeing how much of 1984's content translated so easily into reality. The United States is now known to have been aggressively tracking the movements of its own people using provisions of the Patriot Act, Russia is known to be ramping up surveillance, and most of all, some acts of the Chinese government literally mirror those Orwell described, including a state-run propaganda machine riddled with historical revisions, 'social credit,' and copious use of drones and hidden recording devices to track and monitor its citizens.