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THE RISKS OF EMPATHY: INTERROGATING MULTICULTURALISM’S GAZE

I do not see my life as separate from history. In my mind my family secrets mingle with the secrets of statesmen and bombers. Nor is my life divided from the lives of others…. If I tell all the secrets I know, public and private, perhaps I will begin to see the way the old sometimes see, Monet, recording light and spirit in his paintings, or the way those see who have been trapped by circumstances-a death, a loss, a cataclysm of history.