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Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison, a VQR Editor at Large, is the author of The Empathy Exams (Graywolf, 2014), a New York Times best-selling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet (Free Press, 2010). She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University. Her next book, The Recovering, is coming out in April from Little, Brown. 



Cecily Brown, <i>The Girl Who Had Everything,</i> 1998. Oil on linen, 100 x 110 inches.  (© Cecily Brown. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.)

Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain

Spring 2014 | Essays

The pain of women turns them into kittens and rabbits and sunsets and sordid red satin goddesses, pales them and bloodies them and starves them, delivers them to death camps and sends locks of their hair to the stars.