Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit - Joseph Epstein

I took Gossip (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) on vacation but allocated it to my time slot of “playtime reading”; by the end of the first chapter, I had promoted it to the status of the  “thoughtful and enjoyable.” By the time I finished it, I had chosen four friends on my holiday gift list to whom I want to introduce Joseph Epstein, a wonderful essayist and former editor of Phi Beta Kappa’s journal, American Scholar, and certainly not a National Enquirer, scandal-loving kind of guy. Nevertheless, he unabashedly loves hearing and spreading dish, a practice he defends with his belief that even superior novelists, Jane Austen and Barbara Pym included, thrive on gossip to keep the reader involved and the world going round.  During his long career, Epstein has had an earful, out of which come some very funny anecdotes as well as insightful ruminations.  Describing his personal preferences in the gossip universe, he names “the items that feature the comedy of human behavior: the comedy, that is, of people trying to live up to their own probably too high pretensions.”

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ISBN: 9780618721948
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 29th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780547844596
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 27th, 2012