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Joseph Epstein: I’d Be Lost Without COMMENTARY

Edward Shils noted that there are four means of education in the modern world: the classroom, bookstores (especially used-bookstores), the conversation of intelligent friends, and intellectual magazines. For me intellectual magazines were more important than any of the other three, and no magazine among them more so than COMMENTARY. I first happened on COMMENTARY as a student browsing in the University of Chicago Bookstore in 1957. I have not missed an issue since. The magazine spoke to my intellectual interests and passions, and still does. As a reader and as a writer, I should be lost without it.

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One Response to “Joseph Epstein: I’d Be Lost Without COMMENTARY”

  1. JAMES WILLIAMS says:

    I share Mr. Epstein’s feelings towards Commentary, though I didn’t begin reading it until 1982.

    I note, also, that Mr. Epstein was, and is, one of Commentary’s greatest regular contributors. His short stories are invariably witty and insightful, his literary criticism profound, and his social observations(e.g., essays on social trends and public personalities) trenchant and much more even-handed than the usual conventional wisdom. Commentary is a great magazine, and Mr. Epstein a great contributor. Jim Williams




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