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Aug 27

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The deadline is October 1.

Aug 26

“Empathy is not the only force that motivates kindness.” — Paul Bloom, “Against Empathy”

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Against Empathy | a Boston Review forum -

Empathy Feet

In his lead essay, Paul Bloom writes:

“I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.”

Read the rest: 

http://www.bostonreview.net/forum/paul-bloom-against-empathy

Aug 25

“It is a political act to force someone to enter the mind, the spirit, the perspective of another human being.” — Tobias Wolff, in this BR interview

Amen.

Amen.

Aug 23

Read the rest of our African Poetry Sampler at the BR site.

Read the rest of our African Poetry Sampler at the BR site.

Aug 22

The West has failed, perhaps wilfully, to understand the Syrian revolution.

Two new poems by John Ashbery, an African Poetry Sampler, plus essays, reviews, interviews, and more

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Aug 21

“Rumbling beneath many of Lydia Davis’s stories is an implicitly female defiance, and her genius lies in the power to tease out the violent impulses that nest so comfortably in the structures of daily life—in our routines and glancing exchanges, our behaviors and patterns of thought.” — Tobi Haslett, Boston Review