August 2, 2011 Per Petterson plumbs a mother and son's strained relationship, while William Gibson's near-future tale follows a canny businessman. In nonfiction, curator Edmund de Waal traces his family history through an heirloom collection of carvings, and Wayne Koestenbaum offers a meditation on humiliation.
Almost everyone fears being embarrassed publicly. Yet, many people get a thrill from seeing others humiliated.
August 1, 2011 With the Internet and reality TV, humiliation has become a widespread form of entertainment. Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Humiliation, traces the many facets of this very human experience, and sociologist C.J. Pascoe describes how it can be amplified by the web.
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