In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage

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Houghton Mifflin, 2008 - Literary Collections - 410 pages
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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!" -- the charming essayist Joseph Epstein gives us his largest and most adventurous collection to date. With his signature gifts of sparkling humor and penetrating intelligence, he issues forth as a memoirist, polemicist, literary critic, and amused observer of contemporary culture. In deeply considered examinations of writers from Paul Val ry to Truman Capote, in incisive take-downs of such cultural pooh-bahs as Harold Bloom and George Steiner, and in personally revealing essays about his father and about his years as a teacher, this remarkable collection from one of America's best essayists is a book to be savored.

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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 savage

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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

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About the author (2008)

JOSEPH EPSTEIN is the author of the best-selling Snobbery and of Friendship, among other books, and was formerly editor of the American Scholar . His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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