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Joseph Epstein

Joseph Epstein

A new collection of Joseph Epstein’s essays, The Ideal of Culture, will be published later this year by Axios Press.

“Didn’t I see you under attack again somewhere?” asked my dinner companion. He is a professor, a reader of the same magazines I read and...

On page 421 of Norman Mailer’s new novel, Ancient Evenings1 my eyeballs glazed like a franchise doughnut, I came across the following line, spoken by...

How good is Gabriel García Márquez? “Define your terms,” I can hear some wise undergraduate reply. “What do you mean by is?” Yet I ask...

If statistics are correct—and after all they don’t always lie—the arts appear to be flourishing in America at present. Museum attendance has been up, concert...

A few years ago I spent three days as a visiting writer on the campus of a liberal-arts college. The campus may have been small,...

In her memoir, A Backward Glance, Edith Wharton speaks of the advantages of not being considered promising. It was better, she thought, at least in...

You can never know for certain what the next person thinks of you, but my guess is that Martin thought I was smart enough to...

When do we give up on a novelist? Sometimes, if it be foul enough, a single sentence will do the job. I was able, for...

In an attempt to arouse interest in the novels of Marguerite Yourcenar, a writer I much admire, perhaps I could do worse than to begin...

“Ambushing a Best-Seller” is the title Edmund Wilson gave to a 1945 review of a novel by Anya Seton, but clearly it is too late...

In November 1883, when Matthew Arnold was lecturing in America, Henry James wrote from England to his boyhood friend Thomas Sergeant Perry: “I am very...

“There must in art, as in medicine and fashion,” wrote Proust, “be new names.” Robert Stone, the novelist, is such a new name. Not that...