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. Lobsters are a lynchpin of the island economy. As she grieves for her late brother, Deming releases a live lobster back into the ocean and wonders if “instinct is a measure of the spiritual life of animals, something they can’t control that drives them to their fate, something insubstantial that becomes as real as solid things.”
Then, in the Sunday Interview, Martha Bayne talks with Leslie Jamison about her New York Times-bestselling essay collection, The Empathy Exams. From the animated movie Frozen to Taylor Swift’s music videos, Jamison and Bayne examine the interplay between female stereotypes of vulnerability and empowerment. We all must deal with pain, and though it is “not always… redemptive,” it is a part of our identities.