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Parul Sehgal:
An ode to envy

TEDSalon NY2013 · 13:11 · Filmed Jul 2013

What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its "loneliness, longevity, grim thrill" — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.

Literary critic
Parul Sehgal is an editor for "The New York Times Book Review." Full bio