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"[Epstein has] a literary tone that makes you think of venerable Manhattan editors with mid-Atlantic accents...like a good stand-up comedian (or a discoverer), he inspires confidence [in his writing]." -Wall Street Journal
This is a really fun book to read.
Found the unattributed, "aren't I really cool for knowing about people who would do this?" story about mother-son incest repulsive, not titillating.
The book mentions how Epstein once considered writing critical biographical sketches of both Arthur Miller and Walter Cronkite.
Unpleasantly written, bored affect, just not what it could/should have been. The subject is interesting; the author needed to work with that.Published 24 days ago by Wanda H. Giles
It's my own fault for expecting Epstein's Gossip to treat its topic more academically and less, well, conversationally than it does; despite his scholarly bonafides, the jacket... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Grey
Anyone who knows Joseph Epstein as an essayist will find this book well worth the time spent reading it. Epstein never fails to enchant.Published 6 months ago by G. M. Seely
Epstein has a great style and is a prolific writer based on his observations of human behaviour. He makes the case that Gossip has impact both negative and positive and it will... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
I like gossip. So does the author. Epstein covers the waterfront with anecdotal selections acompanied with humor and frankness....and importantly, with humaneness.Published 12 months ago by cleta hughes
I purchased this book for research purposes. I was considering writing a stageplay with the central theme of gossip and thought this book would be of use. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Donna Hoffman
So what is gossip? Some say it's the intellectual equivalent of chewing gum. But basically it's two or more people telling things about a third that the latter would not want... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sharon Isch
What a great read! I am often dumbfounded how almost every time a I go to a mainstream church it seems that the only two "vices" that preachers condemn are gossip and consumerism... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by mystified
Perhaps I'm simply insufficiently erudite. Had trouble following the convoluted sentences that went on forever and didn't make much of a point. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Karen Tiede