Posts Tagged: the empathy exams

What to Read When You Want to Feel Thankful

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Kick off the holiday season with a list of books that Rumpus editors are thankful for! ...more

What to Read When Everyone Is Talking about Healthcare

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Here's a list of wonderful books that look at physical and mental health from many different perspectives. By the time we read through the entire list, maybe Congress will have come to their senses. ...more

#SuicideGirls: Why I Teach Sylvia Plath

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But let’s not forget: feminism is, at least in part, about choice, and portions of life are play, not politics. Play and relationships and creativity and whatever we want. ...more

Measuring Emotion

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At Lit Hub, a former student talks with Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, about expressions of emotion in personal essays and why “confession and sentimentality [are] taboo.” For Jamison, the investigation of writing emotion began in her MFA program: “I hated this sort of smug assumption that we all knew what was bad.” At the same time, Jamison says, “I was deeply afraid of being seen as someone who was making too much out of a personal experience that actually wasn’t that hard.”

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The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Sarah Hepola

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Editor and writer Sarah Hepola talks about her new memoir Blackout, how gender affects alcoholism, writing about female friendships, and the writers who've influenced her. ...more

Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, Grant Snider puts us in the right frame of mind and Steven Kraan personifies Sunday.

In the Bay of Fundy, between Maine’s northeast coast and the western shores of Nova Scotia, lies an island called Grand Manan, whose windswept landscape serves as a source of inspiration and meditation for Alison Hawthorne Deming.

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The Rumpus Interview with M.E. Thomas

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M.E. Thomas, author of Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight, discusses writing a memoir, being a lawyer and a Mormon, the unreliability of memory—and, of course, being a high-functioning sociopath. ...more

“Yes. Of course. But yet. Anyway.”

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Harper’s Magazine interviews Leslie Jamison about her debut, home-run collection of essays, The Empathy Exams: Essays. On the complications (and yet! necessity) of empathy, Jamison writes:

So there’s a lot of danger attached to empathy: it might be self-serving or self-absorbed; it might lead our moral reasoning astray, or supplant moral reasoning entirely.

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