The Trouble With EmpathyFebruary 2016
My complaint is against empathy as a moral guide. But as a source of pleasure, it can’t be beat.
Rick Shenkman: Ted Cruz’s Stone-Age Brain and YoursJanuary 2016
Why “collateral damage” elicits so little empathy from young Americans.
Life as We Write ItNovember 2015
The author on what evolutionary science can teach us about art and literature, his enduring interest in Nabokov, and why a good joke never dies.
Robert Reich: Empathy Deficit DisorderOctober 2014
Suicide is a terrible tragedy for those driven to it and for their loved ones. What possessed Congressman Young to turn it into a political football?
Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than WordsOctober 2014
The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.