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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.

The week after Ronald Block, my associate editor of two years, left to take a job at Newsweek, I put an ad in the New...

Snobbery: is it innate, or learned? Snobs: are they born, or made? Perhaps the best way to begin answering this question is by adducing a...

Last Thursday, heading out from the Loop to my apartment in Hyde Park, I was listening to a golden-oldie station. They were playing a tape...

Reading novels has so long been a habit of mine that by now it qualifies as a full-blown addiction. My modus operandi is to alternate...

When my brother was born my mother, phoning from her room at Michael Reese Hospital, asked what name I would like to give him. I...

Two days after my father’s eighty-third birth-day, it began: what Dr. Myron Spiegelman, the neurologist at Northwestern University Hospital, called “failure-of-word-retrieval syndrome.” My father would...

A popular television program of the 1950’s, The Gary Moore Show, used to close with a regular feature called “That Wonderful Year,” in which members...

Driving up the Edens Expressway, looking for the eastbound exit to Dundee Road, I wondered whether accepting this invitation had been such a hot idea....

Is publishing a business, or is it a gentleman’s profession? For anyone who has ever had anything to do with the production of serious books,...

Hefferman stood in line at the post office, between an East Indian man with two large parcels wrapped in thick twine and an older black...

The best criterion of fame is when a crazy person imagines he is you. In his full-court-press biography of Joe DiMaggio, Richard Ben Cramer does...

When the New York Times reported the death last year of Malcolm Gaynor, the literary biographer, at ninety-one, it made mention of the ring. A...