Leslie Jamison said in her monumental work, The Empathy Exams, that there is this grand fiction of tourism, that bringing our bodies somewhere draws that place closer to us, or we to it. It’s a quick fix of empathy, she said.
This rings true for me, for as a student at Harvard Medical School but with a college degree in creative writing, I frequently find myself hoping that the inebriation of presence can dissolve the fact of difference (in her words). I started this blog during my first year with the hope of navigating this tension between my big loves. You’ll find anecdotes that reference everything from Salman Rushdie to the brachial plexus, hopefully tied together with a bit of humor, wisdom, and a lot of heart.