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A Line Out for a Walk (Hardcover): Joseph Epstein
A Line Out for a Walk (Hardcover): Joseph Epstein

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Joseph Epstein

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The title, American Scholar editor Epstein (Partial Ideas, 1988, etc.) tells us, is taken from Paul Klee's explanation of his art: "I take a line out for a walk" - which, Epstein adds, "describes exactly, precisely, absolutely what I do." And so it does, as demonstrated by these congenial essays, which ramble and slide from one idea to another, but always attain some sort of destination, or point. Erudite, opinionated, smug, gleefully self-exposing, Epstein muses here on the allure of fame, the art of the put-down, gambling, envy, the travails of being short ("In literature, treachery is frequently assigned to small people"), the domination of money ("Like the lady said, money is funny, and the biggest laugh may be reserved for those of us who are clownish enough to believe we can rise above it"), etc. In all: provocative after-dinner chat, with sniftered brandy and boxed cigars at hand. (Kirkus Reviews)
Describing his art, Paul Klee once said, "I take a line out for a walk". This is precisely what Joseph Epstien does in his trenchant informal essays. In this fourth collection, he takes out such wildly various "lines" as gossip, gambling, height (or the lack of it), hats, smoking, fame, the madness of compulsive reading and walks them on the leash of his own strong viewpoint. "Witty, civilized, erudite, self-mocking - intelligent entertainments more British than American in their roots yet most emphatically American in content and style...Invariably his comments...are interesting, sometimes they are striking, often they are amusing."

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Imprint: W W Norton & Co Inc
Country of origin: United States
Release date: July 1991
Authors: Joseph Epstein
Dimensions: 214 x 145 x 33mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 332
ISBN-13: 978-0-393-02955-0
Barcode: 9780393029550
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LSN: 0-393-02955-7

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