Gossip: the untrivial pursuit

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description

A dishy, incisive exploration of gossip—from celebrity rumors to literary romans à 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.

More Details
ISBN:
9780618721948
9781452625461
9780547577210
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID c9bd7cb8-580b-1fb8-3295-30c16c6a161c
Grouping Title gossip the untrivial pursuit
Grouping Author epstein joseph
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-11-16 04:48:37AM
Last Indexed 2018-11-16 04:52:06AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Epstein, Joseph, 1937-
author_display Epstein, Joseph
available_at_arlington Westover
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Westover Adult Nonfiction
display_description A juicy, incisive exploration of gossip in all its forms--from celebrity rumors to literary "romans a clef," from personal sniping to political slander.
format_arlington Book, eAudiobook, eBook
format_category_arlington Audio Books, Books, eBook
id c9bd7cb8-580b-1fb8-3295-30c16c6a161c
isbn 9780547577210, 9780618721948, 9781452625461
item_details ils:.b13621245|.i18034056|Westover Adult Nonfiction|302.24 EPSTE|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Jul 02, 2018|wan||, overdrive:1784b788-f178-4c8f-9f64-4794758a8fd2|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eAudiobook|Audio Books|1|false|true|OverDrive|||OverDrive MP3 Audiobook,OverDrive Listen|Available Online||||, overdrive:599ec50c-1975-42c7-9855-19ccdcfae367|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Available Online||||
itype_arlington , Hardback
last_indexed 2018-11-16T09:52:06.971Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 302.24 EPSTE, Online OverDrive
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Westover
primary_isbn 9780618721948
publishDate 2011
record_details ils:.b13621245|Book|Books||English|Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,|[2011]|xiii, 242 pages ; 22., overdrive:1784b788-f178-4c8f-9f64-4794758a8fd2|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|Tantor Media|2011|, overdrive:599ec50c-1975-42c7-9855-19ccdcfae367|eBook|eBook||English|Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|2011|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:599ec50c-1975-42c7-9855-19ccdcfae367 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:.b13621245 .i18034056 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
overdrive:1784b788-f178-4c8f-9f64-4794758a8fd2 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
subject_facet Gossip
title_display Gossip : the untrivial pursuit
title_full Gossip : the untrivial pursuit / Joseph Epstein, Gossip The Untrivial Pursuit
title_short Gossip :
title_sub the untrivial pursuit
topic_facet Nonfiction, Sociology