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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.

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...

The motives for humor are as manifold as those for murder. Among them are the raucous physical misfortunes of others (slapstick), grotesque incongruities (between reality...

“I am, upon the whole, a happy man, have found the world an entertaining place and am thankful to Providence for the part allotted to...

“Schlubs  and  losers,” Laurie Cohen’s friend Maddy Levine said, “that’s what you’ll find on JDate, schlubs and losers. Believe me, I’ve been there, I know.”...

Let’s talk about something more cheerful. Have you any news of the cholera in Odessa? -Sholem Aleichem On his first trip to America in 1906, Sholem Aleichem...

It was a pretty good night at Gamblers Anonymous. Eddie Rothman had been coming to these meetings, held in the basement of the Methodist Church...

A happy genius is the gift of nature: it depends on the influence of the stars, say the astrologers, on the organs of the body,...

‘Ron?’ he asked. ‘Ronnie Rosenberg?’ Rosenberg hadn’t a clue who was asking, and the man who had must have sensed this, for he quickly added,...

Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame Edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy Twelve, 285 pages For the 50th-year reunion of the Senn High School class of 1955, each...

Sandy Reuben is having a good soak before going out that evening for dinner at her parents’, when Jeffrey, her husband, knocks, enters, and sits...

But, gee, to depend on somebody to tell you the absolute truth every night and give you The Word every night, that’s a bad thing,...

My friend Matthew Shanahan, born in 1917, was 88 when I first met him in 2005. He was one of those handsome bald men, with...