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Leslie Jamison

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Average rating: 3.68 · 14,489 ratings · 2,016 reviews · 14 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Empathy Exams: Essays

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The Gin Closet

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Here's what happened when I started reading this book: I started and didn't want to put it down. Kept thinking up reasons to go home and pick it up again. Kept thinking, through the course of my day, about when I was going to go home and pick it up a ...more
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I should start by saying that I genuinely respect Maile Meloy’s prose and love her wisdom about people in general (it seems) and her characters in particular. That said, I feel like her later stories are better than her first ones. What was razor in ...more
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Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
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This book was so wise it made me believe in insight writing again—writing that doesn’t undermine or question its truths but simply offers them, lets them cast shadows across the land. Stories like “Two-step” and “Paint” and “Spy vs. Spy” all gripped ...more
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On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
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The concept for this book is wonderful. And it's gorgeous. Sometimes I pet it. But I felt a bit disappointed by the structure: there's basically a catalogue of items (everything from paintings to hotel suites) that are "ugly," with broad thematic umb ...more
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The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames
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How to describe the experience of reading this book? It was like cringing for several hours straight, trapped in a bar booth with a man twice my age who might want to sleep with me but is probably too drunk to pull it off, all the while he's using wo ...more
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I might destroy my credibility by making my first review five-stars, but I thought this book was wonderful: moving and surprising, unsentimental but unafraid to court deep feeling in its attention to characters and the quiet stasis of their pain, the ...more
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“Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

“Empathy isn't just something that happens to us - a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain - it's also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves. It's made of exertion, that dowdier cousin of impulse. Sometimes we care for another because we know we should, or because it's asked for, but this doesn't make our caring hollow. This confession of effort chafes against the notion that empathy should always rise unbidden, that genuine means the same thing as unwilled, that intentionality is the enemy of love. But I believe in intention and I believe in work. I believe in waking up in the middle of the night and packing our bags and leaving our worst selves for our better ones.”
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

“She was scared about leaving everything, and I got that, but I also knew you couldn't start living in the new place until you said fuck-all to the old.”
Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet

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