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A Line Out for a Walk : Familiar Essays - Joseph Epstein

A Line Out for a Walk

Familiar Essays

Paperback Published: 17th July 1992
ISBN: 9780393308549
Number Of Pages: 336

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Paul Klee's words on his art, "I take a line out for a walk," describe precisely what the author of these essays does--he takes out such "lines" as gossip, gambling, height (or the lack of it), hats, smoking, fame or compulsive reading and "walks them" in his own discursive style.

The title, American Scholar editor Epstein (Partial Ideas, 1988, etc.) tells us, is taken from Paul Klee's explanation of his art: "I take a line out for a walk" - which, Epstein adds, "describes exactly, precisely, absolutely what I do." And so it does, as demonstrated by these congenial essays, which ramble and slide from one idea to another, but always attain some sort of destination, or point. Erudite, opinionated, smug, gleefully self-exposing, Epstein muses here on the allure of fame, the art of the put-down, gambling, envy, the travails of being short ("In literature, treachery is frequently assigned to small people"), the domination of money ("Like the lady said, money is funny, and the biggest laugh may be reserved for those of us who are clownish enough to believe we can rise above it"), etc. In all: provocative after-dinner chat, with sniftered brandy and boxed cigars at hand. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780393308549
ISBN-10: 0393308545
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 17th July 1992
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.06 x 13.95  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.42