Joseph Epstein is an essayist, short story writer, and the author, most recently, of The Novel, Who Needs It? (Encounter Books).
Articles by Joseph Epstein
American English is the music accompanying the great American circus.
Rome's cultural efflorescence.
A well-made index can be a great aid helping us “arrive swiftly but unruffled at the passage—the quotation, the datum, the knowledge—we need.”
The ancient world’s first man of letters.
Detachment was in his DNA.
How Theodor Herzl became the unlikely father of Zionism.
What if the Persians had defeated the Greeks?
Denis Diderot's Enlightenment.
The Good Intentions Paving Company strikes again.
The twists and turns of Alcibiades' life.
Reading H.L. Mencken’s The American Language.
A German historian's tribute to Rome.
P.G. Wodehouse's world.
American political rhetoric's decline.
Knowledge is good.
A portrait of the author as a young man.
Does Isaiah Berlin still matter?
A review of Young Eliot: From St. Louis to The Waste Land, by Robert Crawford.
Joseph Epstein reviews David Bobb's new book on humility.
A review of The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, by Henry Hitchings
A review of Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto, by Mark Helprin