In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage
Joseph Epstein has been called America’s "liveliest, most erudite and engaging essayist” (James Atlas), and In a Cardboard Belt! provides ample proof for the claim. Taking his title from the wounded cry of the once great Max Bialystock in The Producers -- "Look at me now! Look at me now! I’m wearing a cardboard belt!” -- Epstein gives us his largest and most comprehensive collection to date.
Writing as a memoirist, polemicist, literary critic, and amused observer of contemporary culture, he uses to deft and devastating effect his signature gifts: wide-ranging erudition, sparkling humor, and a penetrating intelligence. In personally revealing essays about his father and about his years as a teacher, in deeply considered examinations of writers from Paul Valery to Truman Capote, and in incisive take-downs of such cultural pooh-bahs as Harold Bloom and George Steiner, this remarkable collection presents us with the best work of our country’s most singular talent, engaged with the richness and variety of life, witty in his response to the world, and always entertaining.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - satyridae - LibraryThing
Bailing out of this one pretty early on. I don't like the smarmy, supercilious tone, nor am I particularly interested in the topics. I was seduced by a great cover with strong blurbs. Story of my life. Read full review
In a cardboard belt!: essays personal, literary, and savageUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Epstein's (Snobbery: The American Version ) description of Truman Capote as "gayer than a leap year Mardi Gras" is just one of the sly remarks setting the tone for this collection of 31 essays and ... Read full review
Oh Dad Dear Dad
Talking to Oneself
Goodbye Mr Chipstein
On the Road Again Alas
Memoirs of a Cheap and Finicky Glutton
Speaking of the Dead
Why I Am Not a Lawyer
Books Wont Furnish a Room
The Medical Keats
The Great Bookie
Curious George Steiner
Thank You No
Forgetting Edmund Wilson
Intellectuals Public and Otherwise
Cmon Reiny Lets Do the Twist
The Intimate Abstraction of Paul Valery
Monsieur Prousts Masterwork
The Godhaunted Fiction of IB Singer
Truman Capote and the Cost of Charm
The Max Beerbohm Cult
Pink Pigeons and Blue Mayonnaise
The Return of Karl Shapiro?
The Torture of Writers Block
Is Reading Really at Risk?
The Perpetual Adolescent
The Culture of Celebrity
Why Are Academics So Unhappy?
What Happened to the Movies?