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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.

What shall I do with this absurdity— O heart, O troubled heart—this caricature, Decrepit age that has been tied to me As to a dog’s tail?       –W.B....

By his younger son Lenny’s rough count, Samuel Greenspan’s funeral service, at Piser Funeral Home off Skokie Boulevard, is attended by no fewer than 400...

A friend’s son, 27 years old, has recently departed for Brazil, where, if things work out, he plans to spend the rest of his life....

The American literary critic Alfred Kazin was born with an undescended testicle, soon developed a stammer, and grew up, he tells us, in loneliness and...

Arnheim & Sons Optical, Inc., is in its fourth generation. The fraternal twins Eugene and Paul Arnheim took the business over from their father Chaim,...

Mrs. Ida Gomberg, the dentist’s widow, has become a world traveler in her later years, mostly by way of expensive cruises. One day she reads...

Somewhere I have read that boredom is the torment of hell that Dante forgot.–Albert Speer, Spandau: The Secret Diaries Unrequited love, as Lorenz Hart instructed us,...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250 words or fewer. First...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250 words or less. First...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250 words or less. First...

Every month in this space, Joseph Epstein tells a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it in 250...