AIRED: December 1, 2014– 11 am PST
TITLE: “Literary thrillers: Building empathy as well as suspense”
SPECIAL GUEST: Dennis Palumbo
Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that
Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that literary fiction improves a reader’s capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling.
What made the writing of Dennis Palumbo’s novels so engaging was the weaving together of aspects of his clinical training at a psychiatric facility, his current experience in private practice treating the Hollywood elite, and the police procedural details of a mystery thriller that challenges the mind to find solutions. Palumbro believes this unique combination of elements, when properly executed, can have a positive impact “empathetically” on the reader.
His popular series of mystery thrillers featuring Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist and trauma expert, include: Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors and his recently released Phantom Limb. Join us for a memorable interview with Dennis Palumbro and learn why so much of the population enjoys thrillers, and how to identify the those that do us harm and ones actually can be beneficial to the human psyche.
ABOUT DENNIS PALUMBO
Dennis Palumbo, is a former Hollywood screenwriter best known for the feature film My Favorite Year, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award for Best Screenplay. He was also a staff writer for the ABC-TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, among other network shows.
Dennis was a commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and is a contributing writer and reviewer for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Lancet, The Huffington Post and many others. His work helping writers has been profiled in The New York Times, Premiere Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and other publications, as well as on NPR and CNN.
A licensed psychotherapist in private practice, Dennis specializes in treating people in the entertainment industry, which was the inspiration for his popular column, “Hollywood on the Couch,” on the Psychology Today website. He’s also the author of a well-reviewed series of mystery thrillers featuring Daniel Rinaldi, a psychologist and trauma expert. Titles in this series include Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors and soon to be released in September Phantom Limb.