Heller McAlpin http://kanw.com en 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain http://kanw.com/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 41422 at http://kanw.com 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions http://kanw.com/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 33318 at http://kanw.com In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions What Happened In 'Watergate': An Alternate Take http://kanw.com/post/what-happened-watergate-alternate-take Nearly 40 years after the Watergate scandal, <em>Watergate</em>, Thomas Mallon's latest historical novel, captures both the metastasizing dishonesty and the ludicrousness of this great American tragedy of political ambition run amok.<p>The book considers the break-in — that botched "third-rate burglary" that was a bad idea in the first place made far worse by attempts at a cover-up (and then a cover-up of the cover-up) — from the perspectives of several of the perps and their supporters, as opposed to the legal team and journalists charged with untangling their unbelievably knotted web of dece Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:52:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 9351 at http://kanw.com What Happened In 'Watergate': An Alternate Take