But weather is just one of many worries that causes him “discomfort,” alongside history, family, friends, psychiatric patients, New York’s (non-climate-centric) future, bedbugs, and, of course, mortality. As in American and global politics, climate change in Open City is allotted far fewer words — and therefore significance — than issues whose psychic payoff is more immediate and whose urgency is more obvious. Julius, it seems, can resolve his “sudden discomfort” simply by going indoors.
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