Joseph Epstein

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, the Atlantic, and other magazines. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish his forthcoming book Gossip in December.

On Gossip

The two most interesting things in life are metaphysics and gossip.     ––E.M. Cioran             Consider gossip in its bare bones, the mechanics of it, how it works. One person tells another person something about a third person that may…