Joseph Epstein


A Short Story

Dad’s Gay

A new short story

Underrated: Willa Cather

Willa Cather, the modest Midwest American author and admirer of Flaubert, merits her place among the literary greats

Overrated: Gustave Flaubert

The French aesthete is hardly deserving of acolytic praise, such was his emphasis on style over substance

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"