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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 painful to consider,” wrote Samuel Johnson about friendship, “that there is no human possession of which the duration is less certain.” Too true. Some...

Siegel prides himself on taking people as they are, each by himself and one at a time. He’s not about to play group favorites—blacks, gays,...

“Clearly,” said Adam to Eve as they departed the Garden of Eden, “we’re living in an age of transition.” A joke, of course—but also not...

“Mommy, you mean my father is a great critic?”—and he smiled—“I always thought he was just a two-bit book reviewer.” —Mary McCarthy, recalling a post-divorce conversation...

I wrote a movie once. A man from a television production firm connected with Warner Brothers called one day to say that he wished to...

Driving down Sheridan Road, heading north in the right lane, I noticed from the rear a body, a walk, a carriage that looked familiar. It’s...

Thirty years later I had a prolonged return match with Côte Rôtie, when I discovered it on the wine card of Prunier’s in London. I...

Early on a Tuesday morning at Dominick’s supermarket on Broadway, Howard Salzman, retired professor of philosophy, emptied his cart onto the conveyor belt in the...

Linguet was a sort of literary freelancer, of whom there were so many then, needy and audacious, in a great hurry to make a name...

I was recently asked what it takes to become a writer. Three things, I answered: first, one must cultivate incompetence at almost every other form...

It will soon be five years since my father died, leaving me, at a mere sixty-two, orphaned. He was ninety-one when he died, in his...

My interest in university teaching was initially aroused by the leisure it promised. “Every century has its cushy profession,” the English poet Philip Larkin said....