#39 — The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Rating: 2/5
  • When does empathy become appropriation? Or is empathy a form of appropriation?
  • Memoirs and essays by nature are self-centered, especially those exclusively about physical and emotional pain. Despite this fact, some memoirs are amazing (Grealy and Knapp come to mind, and are referenced by Jamison); some are less compelling, bordering on annoying (this book)
  • I’m not sure why I feel this way… other than having the sneaking suspicion that the author writing a book about empathy is severely lacking in that quality herself