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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Joseph Epstein
Joseph Epstein may be the dean of contemporary essayists. In some 22 books -- none of them featuring car chases or bedroom scenes -- he has philosophized on subjects as diverse as divorce, Fred Astaire, gossip and "Fabulous Small Jews."
Surely I'm not the only reader amazed at how downright boring professors, assorted "experts" and too often even the reverend clergy can be when addressing some of the more basic forces in our lives.
"For a decade, from 1985 through the mid-1990s, comic book speculation reached its highest peak, something comic book dealers and collectors lament to this day," writes Jonathan Shipley in the December issue of Fine Books and Collections.
"A successful general," Mr. Epstein writes, "does not have to be the best general in the world.
"The distinction between sensitivity and touchiness is a crucial one," Mr. Epstein writes. "So many people who think themselves sensitive are merely touchy, and Saul was among them ... . A slip in conversation, or worse in print, praising the wrong writer, and you figured to be whacked."