The Monstrousness of Empathy: When private tragedy becomes public property

Listening this weekend to an episode of the podcast The Kicker, entitled "Preparing for the worst when covering disasters," I was struck by how near identical covering a large scale emergency, in this instance Hurricane Harvey, is to writing about the devastation that hits one family. Many times I have found myself chronicling the tragedy of others. The Monstrousness of Empathy explores one such case, where it seemed as though writing about the murder of a young girl was not unlike "barging into the room of a patient who had suffered third-degree burns, moving close to the bed despite knowing my touch, even one breath, might infect him... What was I doing here?"

Read the essay here.