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Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams

Leslie Jamison’s final essay in The Empathy Exams is its strongest piece. “I’m tired of female pain, and also tired of people who are tired of it,” she writes. 119 more words


Everything we lose...

“I closed the box and put it in a closet.
There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”
― Joan Didion, Where I Was From

What's your story?

When having a bad day, what narrative runs through your mind? What do you tell yourself to get through difficult times?

Joan Didion said that “We tell ourselves stories to survive.” What story do you tell?


A Writer And Their Words

The other night, my wife and I went to a literary reading in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of a summer series called Books Beneath the Bridge.  528 more words


Character and self-respect

Time and again I come back to this article by Maria Popova about an essay on character and self-respect written by Joan Didion. Probably says something about my reading (and I am an avid reader) that I had never heard of Joan Didion before I came across the essay. 80 more words


Magical Thinking

I love Joan Didion. I am currently in the process of reading everything she has ever written. I am poor, truly poor, in the sense of the word, monetarily speaking. 391 more words

True Thought

Thoughts of a restless brain in a wet season

Restlessness, despite–or because of–the unusual weather in south Louisiana this year: freezing temperatures on a Mardi Gras day, ice and snow and closed schools, a cool rainy spring, a week in July so temperate I kept the cottage’s windows open.   210 more words