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Leslie Jamison

7 articles

The Devil's Bait

Exploring the riddle of Morgellons disease: sufferers feel things crawling under their skin and hardly anyone believes them.


Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain

An essay on the wounded woman.


What's Wrong With Sentimentality?

Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, on crying in movie theaters, “attention whores” and David Foster Wallace.


The Empathy Exams

On medical acting and real pain.


Make It Scream, Make It Burn

An analysis of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Cotton Tenants, the original manuscript.


Fog Count

What prison does to a man.


The Immortal Horizon

The story of the 100 mile Barkley Marathons.

What makes it so bad? No trail, for one. A cumulative elevation gain that’s nearly twice the height of Everest.