A LITERARY EDUCATION AND OTHER ESSAYS JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Essayist Joseph Epstein, a seasoned questioner and answerer, had this to say on the subject of :
Het beste is wanneer het genre van de roddel en achterklap in zijn hok blijft en zich beperkt tot bepaalde kranten en tijdschriften. Maar dat is niet meer zo. Ook zogeheten ‘kwaliteitskranten’ denken dat er aan mee te moeten doen. De bekendste journaliste die de roddel en achterklap hardnekkig salonfähig probeert te maken is Tina Brown. Begonnen bij het Engelse Tatler, daarna met haar man Harold Evans verhuisd naar in Amerika om het daar te proberen bij Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, TalkMagazine en nu bij de Daily Beast (genoemd naar de krant die voorkomt in de roman Scoop van Evelyn Waugh). Tina Brown komt als voorbeeld van iemand die roddel en achterklap onder nette mensen aanvaardbaar wil maken, uitvoerig ter sprake in Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit, het nieuwe boek van de Amerikaanse essayist Joseph Epstein.
It didn't use to be this way. The great institution-builders of the generation that's now almost entirely passed were frank Darwin-doubters or warmly supportive of such doubts. One thinks of William F. Buckley Jr., Irving Kristol, Richard John Neuhaus -- pretty much covering the spectrum of conservatism in its several flavors. The last of these, Father Neuhaus, provided one of the blurbs on the back of Phil Johnson's , no less. Other elders open to doubts about Darwin -- like Kristol's wife Gertrude Himmelfarb and essayist Joseph Epstein -- are thankfully and very much still with us but seem different in spirit from those of us who come after.
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Essayist Joseph Epstein is a writer whose flaws are difficult to separate from his virtues. His strong sense of self, a quality that is indispensable to a writer's voice, can often degenerate into arrogance. His reticence and lack of soul-gazing, refreshing in this age of oversharing, can become an armchair smugness. His shining common sense — and the dry wit that accompanies it — can hide a lack of originality.graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 2004 as a fiction writing major in the English department, with her focus in Slavic literature. There, she studied under essayist Joseph Epstein. In 2001, she returned to her high school to lecture senior honors English classes on sequential art. She briefly taught junior high English, and soon began co-editing the Chapin Humanities Residential College Media Publication and Zine. This one time, she emailed the listserv of a student dormitory with a very embarrassing retraction. In 2004, she won the TriQuarterly Fiction Award and the Edwin L. Shuman Essay Award, and spent the entirety of her cash winnings on a modded Playstation 2. In the summers of 1995 and 1996, she attended Duke Young Writers' Camp, and corresponds with her favorite camp counselor even to this day. She has been working on a short story anthology since 2003. Today, she is a contributing reviewer to Electronic Gaming Monthly, and she uses her Playstation 2 almost daily.Essayist Joseph Epstein, for 20 years editor of the Phi Beta Kappa magazine the American Scholar, turned his assignment, on envy, into a droll, acerbic and in the end quite sensible look at this aspect of human nature. Of all the seven deadlies -- the others are pride, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust -- only envy, Epstein concludes, contains nothing at all commendable.Was Tiger Woods ever really enough? Put aside all the agonizing over what to make of his fall from grace. The more profound question is whether Woods in his original nice persona could satisfy the deep human longing for excellence. Certainly Tiger 1.0 was a fine role model for athletes and young people in general, but are "role models" enough? Or is essayist Joseph Epstein right to insist that we need heroes to remind us of what humans, at their peak, can be?