The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
Here’s an excerpt from the February issue of The Believer: http://www.believermag.com/issues/201402/?read=article_jamison
It just got an excellent review in The New York Times: “I’m not sure I’m capable of recommending a book because it might make you a better person. But watching the philosopher in Ms. Jamison grapple with empathy is a heart-expanding exercise.”
Letter from the New Yorker’s Archive: Rebecca Mead on the Wedding Industry: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/backissues/2014/03/letter-from-the-archive-rebecca-mead-on-the-wedding-industry.html
I read Rebecca Mead’s “You’re Getting Married: The Wal-Martization of the Bridal Industry” early this morning when I couldn’t sleep. It’s interesting, i.e. bizarre/weird/awful. I want to write a short story about it. Mostly, it made me happy that this quote from a “mistress of ceremonies” at a bridal convention would never ever apply to me:
“Have you noticed how, from the minute you put that ring on her finger, your fiancée starts suffering from P.M.S.?” she said. “I mean premarital syndrome. She has lost all interest in things that aren’t to do with her wedding day. You’ve got to understand: She already had the dress picked out, she had the church picked out, she had the music picked out. You were the last element she picked out.”
I had a wedding once. I wasn’t really that into it. It’s one day. It’s only one day and then it’s just the two of you so you better like this “last element” a whole lot more than all of that other stuff.
Sometimes I don’t understand women at all.
Guernica posted a special issue on The American South: On the Map and in the Mind: http://www.guernicamag.com/features/the-american-south-on-the-map-and-in-the-mind/
Occasionally I just need to reread Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm