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Gossip - The Untrivial Pursuit (Cód: 9203314)

Epstein, Joseph

Mariner Books

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A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip--from celebrity rumors to literary romans a clef, from personal sniping to political slander--by one of our 'great essayists' (David Brooks) To his successful examinations of some of the most powerful forces in modern life--envy, ambition, snobbery, friendship--the keen observer and critic Joseph Epstein now adds 'Gossip.' No trivial matter, despite its reputation, gossip is eternal and necessary. Himself a master of the art, Epstein serves up delightful mini-biographies of the Great Gossips of the Western World along with many choice bits from his own experience. He also makes a powerful case that gossip has morphed from its old-fashioned best--clever, mocking, a great private pleasure--to a corrosive new-school version, thanks to the reach of the mass media and the Internet. Gossip has even invaded politics and journalism, causing unsubstantiated information to be presented as fact. Contemporary gossip claims to reveal truth, but as Epstein shows, it's our belief in truth itself that may be destroyed by gossip. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, 'Gossip 'captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject. 'I am pleased to report that I am neither quoted nor even mentioned in the act of effrontery called 'Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit.' I have been given to understand that, owing to his interest in such subjects touching on human nature as ambition, envy, snobbery, and friendship, on innumerable occasions its author, Joseph Epstein, has been called 'the American Montaigne.' This is a comparison I consider slanderous, for it would render me the French Joseph Epstein. 'Ridicule, n'est-ce pas?''--Michel de Montaigne 'Discretion, it needs to be said, is not Mr. Epstein's hallmark, as in 'Gossip 'he blithely recounts the foibles of many of the famous of his time. Yet of his own lengthy and much-gossiped-about relationship with the Italian cinema actress Sophia Loren, the scandal behind his winning three equestrian gold medals in the past Olympic games, and his rather pathetic pretensions as pretender to the long-vacated throne of Portugal, he provides not a word. Odd, most odd, and yet the reader must not let this strange lapse to detract from what is otherwise a most amusing and bountiful little volume.'--Louis de Rouvroy, Duc de Saint-Simon 'Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North America and all the ships at sea . . . Let's go to press . . . Advance copies of pseudo-intellectual scribbler Joe Epstein's new book on gossip, with its ill-researched tirade against the career of Mrs. Winchell's little boy, went out late last week to leaders of Al Qaeda in Pakistan, Yemen, and Miami Beach, where it will find the anti-American readers it so richly deserves.'--Walter Winchell Gossip is no trivial matter; despite its reputation, Epstein argues, it is an eternal and necessary human enterprise. Proving that he himself is a master of the art, Epstein serves up delightful mini-biographies of the Great Gossips of the Western World, along with many choice bits from his own experience. He also makes a powerful case that gossip has morphed from its old-fashioned best--clever, mocking, a great private pleasure--to a corrosive new-school version, thanks to the reach of the mass media and the Internet. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, 'Gossip 'captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.

Características

Produto sob encomenda Sim
Marca Mariner Books
Cód. Barras 9780547844596
Altura 20.32 cm
I.S.B.N. 9780547844596
Profundidade 1.78 cm
Referência 019130553
Acabamento Brochura
Ano da edição 2012
Idioma Inglês
Número de Páginas 242
Peso 0.23 Kg
Largura 13.21 cm
AutorEpstein, Joseph

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