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David Barash's and Judith Lipton's book on revenge, Payback: Why We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, and Take Revenge, was published by Oxford University Press this month.

Drawing upon examples from birds, horses, fish and primates, Barash and Lipton discuss how it’s natural to retaliate, and turning the other cheek can make victims more vulnerable for future attacks. “Payback may be natural, the authors conclude, but we are capable of rising above it, without sacrificing self-esteem and social status. They show how the various human responses to pain and suffering can be managed--mindfully, carefully, and humanely.” “Getting even gets you nowhere, new book by husband-wife team suggests revenge alternatives,”

Barash and Lipton will discuss their book June 22, Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm, at Town Hall in Seattle. Ticket ($5) and other information is at