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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.

It is a strange business, the sudden popular success of people who do intellectual work in America. Although decades may have gone into the making...

The best thing ever written about crime in America was written not by a criminologist, not by an investigative reporter, not by a novelist, but...

The Politician Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago. by Mike Royko. Dutton. 215 pp. $5.95. Until not too long ago, the general view of Chicago’s longtime mayor, Richard J....

I recently learned that my college fraternity, Phi Epsilon Pi, has become defunct, its chapters all over America having closed their doors and locked them...

The Party’s Over . . . Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. by Tom Wolfe. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 153 pp. $5.95. The Leonard Bernsteins’ evening with the...

No Joking Matter You Might As Well Live: The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker. by John Keats. Simon and Schuster. 319 pp. $7.50. Freud said there were no...

The Moviegoer Going Steady. by Pauline Kael. Atlantic Monthly Press. 304 pp. $6.95. Between people who go to the movies and real moviegoers there is a distinction akin to...

I have always doubted that Chicago ever even faintly resembled the city of Carl Sandburg's poem, but I know for certain that by the time...

Paper Politics The Kingdom and the Power. by Gay Talese. World. 555 pp. $10.00. The New York Times is far and away America's greatest newspaper. Its owners, executives, and...

“Madly For Adlai” read a campaign button from the two Eisenhower-Stevenson Presidential campaigns, and it has since become apparent that those who wore it meant...

Fantasia The Disney Version. by Richard Schickel. Simon and Schuster. 384 pp. $6.50. No dfield can compete with popular culture in offering the intellectual such boundless opportunities for making...

Most Likely to Succeed North Toward Home. by Willie Morris. Houghton Mifflin. 438 pp. $5.95. Few writers seem so readily likable as Willie Morris. For openers, there is that...