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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.

The bookworm, like the tapeworm, is omnivorous. He joins Freud’s appetitive types, those fornicators and feeders who wish each in their own fashion to devour...

Poor Madame Bovary, one understands and sympathizes with her condition. It is very awkward—if not so awkward as that of the freshman student at my...

Imagine, please, Alberto D’Andrea. He is twenty-two years old and is studying American literature at the University of Rome. He has never been to the...

Ought Critics to prescribe what art should be? Probably not—but try stopping them. From Aristotle instructing upon those qualities which will satisfy the definition of...

“A voice a good deal undervalued is that of Paul Goodman,” wrote a reviewer in Book Week, roughly a decade ago—or precisely at the time...

Advance Man Gates of Eden: American Culture in the 60’s. by Morris Dickstein. Basic Books. 300 pp. $11.95. Is a disinterested view of the 60’s possible? At the distance...

In those journals in which they appear, Gore Vidal’s essays are the intellectual equivalent of the comics. Intellectual journals are not noted for providing many...

I wondered where Cohn got that incapacity to enjoy Paris. Possibly from Mencken. Mencken hates Paris, I believe. So many young men got their likes...

With certain issues raised by the presidential elections—but also with a broader context—in mind, COMMENTARY recently addressed the following questions to a group of American...

For the past three years at a large Midwestern university I have taught a course entitled “Advanced Prose Composition.” Although the general intelligence of the...

Is it possible to read and admire a political novel without one's own politics getting in the way? Can a Populist read Henry Adams's Democracy,...

Unsentimental Education Arriving Where We Started. by Barbara Probst Solomon. Harper & Row. 261 pp. $6.95. Arriving Where We Started, a title taken from a line in T. S....