Quite simply, the best cultural review in the world
On Joseph Epstein
A look at Joseph Epstein's work, the importance of reading, and the role of the critic.
was right!Support The
In his 1928 essay “The Critic Who Does Not Exist,” Edmund Wilson asked a question that was pleading to be asked: “How is it possible for our reviewing to remain so puerile?” He then offered this typically Wilsonian observation: “When a new book of American poetry or a novel or other work of belles lettres appears, one gets the impression that it is simply given to almost any well-intentioned (but not even necessarily literate) person who happens to present himself; and this person then describes in a review his emotions upon reading the book.”
If that was true in 1928, glance around to see how much truer it is now. The average reviewer’s ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 May 2014, on page 14
Copyright © 2014 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/On-Joseph-Epstein-7888
E-mail to friend
On The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Sourcebook, edited by Alice Jenkins.
John Maynard Keynes’s revisionist history of World War I has had enduring—and harmful—consequences.
The complicated, often conflicted, life of Alexander Herzen.
by Marco Grassi
Summer exhibitions in Florence and Verona reconsider the work of Pontormo, Rosso & Veronese.
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"