A new study finds some people can remember faces of people they met years ago and only in passing. Others of us, of course, aren't blessed with that ability. In fact about 2 percent of the population have prosopagnosia, a condition characterized by great difficulty in recognizing faces.
The genre may be about women’s redemption arcs, but the mode is empathy tourism. We get to travel back to this time and experience the inner life of someone whose interiority was unworthy or inaccessible. Like all tourism, empathy tourism has perpetual double vision: It’s the culture of one place seen through the eyes of a foreign traveler. We absorb the details of a world that is no longer ours.
I have led a toothless life, he thought. A toothless life. I have never bitten into anything. I was waiting. I was reserving myself for later on—and I have just noticed that my teeth have gone.
| Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason
the system’s most socially binding processes: production, in the case of zaniness (an aesthetic about performing as not just artful play but affective labor); circulation, in the case of the interesting (an aesthetic about difference in the form of information and the pathways of its movement and exchange); and consumption, in the case of the cute (an aesthetic disclosing the surprisingly wide spectrum of feelings, ranging from tenderness to aggression, that we harbor toward ostensibly subordinate and unthreatening commodities).