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George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) was a great believer in the power of empathy to move her readers. Back when she was writing in the 19th century, empathy was generally known as ‘sympathy’.
This novel by Christopher Waking is right up there amongst my empathic favourites.
Western Australia, 1931.
Ready for the world's greatest piece of empathy technology? It's the Point-of-View Gun. In the film The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Gallery, there is a wonderful moment describing how the Intergalactic Consortium of Angry Housewives commissioned a supercomputer to invent this unique weapon.
This is a great empathy book because it's about how a woman from a wealthy white family in Memphis, Tennessee takes a troubled black teenager under her wing and gives him the opportunity to get an education and play (American) football at high school.
A magical, informative and entertaining documentary of the highest order, In the Land of the Deaf brings a whole new meaning to the concept of foreign language film by exploring sign language and the lives of deaf people in France.
Elizabeth Taube is a chubby, unpretty teenager who falls in love with everyone- her piano teacher, the old man who takes her into the back of his store and dresses her in furs, and her smart, charismatic, beaten-down teacher, Max Stone.
You may never have heard of Café Gratitude in San Francisco.