Gossip: the untrivial pursuit

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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 addsGossip. 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.

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table_of_contents Private gossip -- How it works -- Feasible, uncheckable, deeply damning -- When is it all right to gossip? -- In the know -- Great gossips of the western world I -- The truth defense -- The gossip transaction -- Need gossip be trivial? -- Pure speculation -- Public gossip -- Gossip goes public -- Gossip in center ring -- Shooting at celebrities -- Great gossips of the western world II -- Antedeluvian gossip -- Literary gossip -- Gay gossip -- Great gossips of the western world III -- Private into public -- Caught in the net -- Whores of information -- Snooping and scooping : great gossips of the western world IV -- Too much even of Kreplach.
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title Gossip : the untrivial pursuit
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