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In 2014, Em Cominotti and Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (a Brooklyn Magazine contributor) began collaborating on what would eventually become the feature film Empathy. The two co-wrote the documentary’s script, with Rovinelli as director and Cominotti as both subject and star. Carefully tracing the contours of Cominotti’s life as a queer escort and sex worker moving between New York City, her native Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles as she reconnects with old friends and clients and...
Call us crazy, but here in Brooklyn, we celebrate Halloween by dressing up like our favorite Internet memes, not like the victims of terrorist attacks. However in places other than Brooklyn, places that are not even in America, it is apparently a thing to dress up like a tragic event that cost thousands of people their lives, devastating the lives of thousands more people. And not only that, but it is precisely this type...
    "Black people are hard. They don't feel pain the way you do." Teju Cole tweeted this yesterday, along with a link to an article on Slate from last June, "I Don't Feel Your Pain," in which the topic of empathy was explored in relation to America's ongoing racial disparities, and the ways in which lack of empathy strengthens them. In the essay, author Jason Silverstein writes, "for many people, race does matter, even if...