CULTURE

Harry Styles’s New Song, The Vibe Shift, and How to Be a Person Again

“As It Was” is a sad-disco dance track that encapsulates this moment of manic nostalgia and hyper-longing

Harry's Home Album Cover, Out May 20

I’m trying to be a person again.

I don’t know exactly what that means, however. There’s no roadmap for the latest new normal. The old normal — now obsolete, apparently — was pre-pandemic life, which we’ll never return to. As offices open back up and many places discard mandates and restrictions, people are still getting Covid. And many of the lifestyle adjustments we made during the pandemic are permanently ingrained — permanently altering our relationships to work, ourselves, and others.

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