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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 commonly, and correctly, understood that the Jewish people have a special way with a joke. The Jewish joke is a particular form of...

Every Jew of a certain age has his own Jewish-waiter story. When I was 6, I was taken by my parents to a Romanian Jewish...

Time was, if you told me your address in Chicago, I could tell your ethnic origins, make a reasonably accurate guess at your family’s household...

This restaurant, Weinstein sensed immediately, was a mistake. M. Henry it was called, the M. apparently standing for Monsieur. He had driven past it many...

Mention Isaac Rosenfeld’s name, even to people with literary interests, and they are likely to confuse it with that of Isaac Rosenberg, the English poet...

Dr. A. Jerome Minkoff, family practitioner, three years a widower and coming up on his sixty-fourth birthday, met Larissa Friedman, two years into her...

I was in eighth grade and because it was raining that afternoon I didn’t hang around the schoolyard playing softball as usual but came straight...

Style, true style, always outlasts fashion, which by its nature is ephemeral. Fashion goes out of style, but style, if it is genuine, never goes...

I  learned my Yiddish from my grandfather, who came from Montreal to live with us in Chicago for the last four years of...

Stravinsky had a good deal of drink during dinner, and afterwards, in a somewhat blatant way, Arthur Schlesinger said to him, “Well, Mr....

The Rubins, Ben and Lois, were our neighbors on Washtenaw Avenue in West Rogers Park. We lived on the same floor in a yellow-brick six-flat...

Larry Bartlestein has played it safe all his life, and playing it safe has paid off. At sixty-four, he is a wealthy man, his two...