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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.

One of my first memories of my Uncle Harry is of him sitting on the edge of my bed, just discharged from the Navy after...

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 relates a Jewish joke and invites you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer an exegesis of it...

No one writing in the English language is likely to establish a reigning authority over poetry and criticism and literature in general as T.S. Eliot...

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

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

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

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

When I told my mother I was getting married, she replied: “So, Louis, darling boy, you waited until 48 to marry a woman your own...

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

This is the third installment of our new monthly feature, in which we provide a Jewish joke and ask you, the COMMENTARY reader, to offer...

The Jewish joke is a particular form of cultural currency—at once an explanation of, an apology for, an act of aggression against, and...