What's Wrong With Sentimentality?

What's Wrong With Sentimentality?
Sometimes, it means taking a bus ride through Los Angeles's gang-ridden neighborhoods, or watching a former addict bleed and sweat and grow blisters as he tries to run a hundred miles, or visiting a man in jail. Leslie Jamison has done all that, and …
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The Awful Emptiness of "Relatable"
"I don't think I'd ever seen it in an essay before, and all of a sudden students were throwing it around with abandon. 'Jay Gatsby is a relatable character.' 'George's behavior in Of Mice and Men is relatable.'" The use of … The Oxford English …
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