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Familiarity breeds content : new and selected essays / Joseph Epstein ; [with a forword by Christopher Buckley].

Epstein, Joseph, 1937- (author.). Buckley, Christopher, 1952- (writer of foreword.).


America's greatest living essayist writes about life and aging and being all too nicely out of it. In these personal pieces, he takes on topics as varied as grieving for a dead son, learning Latin late in life, and the pleasures of living with cats. Epstein gives us a "bonfire of his own vanities," his thoughts about why watching sports is so impossibly seductive, what it is like to be short, and why he misses smoking even decades as a health-obsessed non-smoker. Above all, he writes about the literary life and the endless joys that reading and writing have brought to a self-confessed "lucky man."

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  • ISBN: 1668009722
  • ISBN: 9781668009727
  • Physical Description: xiii, 441 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2024.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Selected essays. Jokes and their relation to the conscious -- A man of letters -- Balls-up -- But I generalize -- Work and its contents -- This sporting life -- A former good guy and his friends -- A fat man struggles to get out -- Tea and antipathy -- An older dude -- You probably don't know me -- Short subject -- Smoke gets in your eyes -- The man in the green hat -- A few kind words for envy -- Waiter, there's a paragraph in my soup! -- Livestock -- A bonfire of my vanities -- Hair piece -- Nicely out of it -- New essays. The bookish life -- Learning Latin -- Living in a cathouse -- Good grief -- Taste: What is it? Who needs it? How do you acquire it?
Subject: Epstein, Joseph, 1937-
Aging > Anecdotes.
Vieillissement > Anecdotes.
Genre: Essays.

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