Heller McAlpin http://kuer.org en 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain http://kuer.org/post/empathy-exams-virtuosic-manifesto-human-pain A boyfriend once called Leslie Jamison "a wound dweller." This is one of many personal morsels she shares in her virtuosic book of essays, <em>The Empathy Exams,</em> in which she intrepidly probes sore spots to explore how our reactions to both our own pain and that of others define us as human beings. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 44329 at http://kuer.org 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions http://kuer.org/post/sprinkler-wacky-poet-returns-new-obsessions Nicholson Baker has become a sort of poet of the particular and the peculiar. His books are filled with people who focus minutely on what captivates them – in other words, obsessives. A positive way of looking at obsession is as passion taken to an extreme. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 35514 at http://kuer.org In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions