Friendship: An Expose

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HMH, Jul 3, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
The amusing and erudite anatomy of modern friendship, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Snobbery.

Is it possible to have too many friends? Is your spouse supposed to be your best friend? How far should you go to help a friend in need? And how do you end a friendship that has run its course?
 
In a “smart, delightfully literate, and sophisticated” anatomy of friendship in all its contemporary guises, Joseph Epstein uncovers the rich and surprising truths about our favored companions (Los Angeles Times). Friendship illuminates those complex, wonderful relationships without which we’d all be lost.
 
“Reading [Epstein] is like spending an evening being flatteringly entertained by the most interesting guy at the party.” —The Seattle Times
 
“A brilliant and outspoken commentator . . . Epstein’s graceful style and irrepressible wit provide unalloyed pleasure.” —Chicago Tribune
 
“Brisk and delightful.” —The Wall Street Journal
 

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Contents

1 A Little Taxonomy of Friends
1
2 A Charming Gift for False Intimacy
11
3 Best Friends
23
4 The Quickest Way to Kill Friendships
34
5 FriendsWho Needs Em?
46
6 An Extremely Sketchy History of Friendship
56
7 Reciprocity or Is It Obligation?
69
Adulation Stimulation Obligation
82
14 Talking the Talk
166
15 TechnoFriendships
180
16 Friendships New Rival
192
17 Broken Friendships
205
18 Friendlessness
225
19 Is There an Art of Friendship?
240
A Bibliographical Note
255
Acknowledgments
259

9 Pity Is at the Bottom of Women
95
10 Boys Will Be Boys
107
11 Petty Details vs Eternal Verities
125
12 Disparate Friends
140
13 Cliques and Clans and Communities
154
Index
260
Back Flap
271
Back Cover
272
Spine
273
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Joseph Epstein is the author of the bestselling Snobbery and of Friendship, among others, and was formerly editor of the American Scholar. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines. Epstein lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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