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Gossip - The Untrivial Pursuit

Joseph Epstein

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, he argues, 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. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse 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 that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, Gossip captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.

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, he argues, 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. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse 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 that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, Gossip captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.
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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, he argues, 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. Gossip has invaded and changed for the worse 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 that gossip today threatens to undermine and destroy. Written in his trademark erudite and witty style, Gossip captures the complexity of this immensely entertaining subject.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

7h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:57


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

36:00


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

51:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

45:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

32:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

23:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

51:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:21