Sam Lipsyte reads from “The Republic of Empathy”

Writer Sam Lipsyte‘s pitch-black comedies – like the acclaimed 2010 novel “The Ask” – are filled with lovable lowlifes and schemers. His new short story collection “The Fun Parts” carries on the tradition – with punchlines and gut-punches flying fast and furious. Today we overhear an excerpt from the story “The Republic of Empathy” about the joys of parenting. (It has been edited for time.)