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A great collection of essays from Joseph Epstein, on everything from reading books (broadly, with pleasure, and print over pixel of course!), political correctness, baseball, literary magazines, and social theories. While I don’t agree with all of Epstein’s points of view, reading them is thoroughly enjoyable and great food for thought. I especially enjoy his essays on Tom Wolfe, P.G. Wodehouse, and George Gershwin. Take what you will, and leave the rest, this collection is bound to enrich your reading life. 

— From What Matt Is Reading


Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Joseph Epstein would surely be at the top of anybody's list. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style. Above all, he is impossible to put down. Joseph Epstein's Gallimaufry: A Collection of Essays, Reviews, Bits is the fifth such volume from Axios Press and contains 58 essays. Subjects range from domestic life to current social trends to an appraisal of "contemporary nuttiness." It follows the much-acclaimed Essays in Biography, 2012; A Literary Education and Other Essays, 2014; Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, 2016; and The Ideal of Culture: Essays, 2018.After reading Epstein, we see life with a fresh eye. We also see ourselves a little more clearly. This is what Plutarch intended: life teaching by example, but with a wry smile and such a sure hand that we hardly notice the instruction. It is just pure pleasure.

About the Author

Joseph Epstein was formerly editor of the American Scholar. A long-time resident of Chicago, he has taught English and writing at Northwestern University for many years. He has written for numerous magazines including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Weekly Standard and Commentary.He is the author of 31 books, many of them collections of essays. His books include the bestselling Snobbery and Friendship as well as the short-story collections The Goldin Boys, Fabulous Small Jews, and The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604191288
ISBN-10: 1604191287
Publisher: Axios Press
Publication Date: October 7th, 2020
Pages: 528
Language: English