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This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letter--a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begun to feel weird and empty when there isn't anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. t Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and i doesn't cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. What's it doing to them? What's it doing to us?--"