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The Strange Science of Empathy and Reading 2

My stomach drops.  Suddenly everything makes sense and the lucidity I achieve makes me want to vomit.  Even re-reading this book after several years, I am unprepared for the revelation of what it means to “complete” in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.  This is empathy and reading in action. […]


Coffee House Readings #12:
On Living

What do people talk about when they’re dying? If there is anybody who is able to answer this question, it is Kerry Egan. As a chaplain she visits, talks and listens to dying people and their life stories – offering them a precious gift that she calls “a peaceful presence”. […]


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Coffee House Readings #6:
How to win friends and influence people

Oh no! Not again. Yet another self-help book. That sounds manipulative on top of that… Admittedly, this was the first thing that crossed my mind, when I read the title of this month’s book review. But somehow that title resonated with me and I asked myself: Well, how do we […]