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  • Joseph Epstein
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  • 10 March 2020
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    PDF FREE [Charm: The Elusive Enchantment] review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Joseph Epstein It is abundant luck that Mr. Epstein, with his incomparable writer’s voice, has blended together this fascina

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    characters Charm: The Elusive Enchantment PDF FREE [Charm: The Elusive Enchantment] I was swept away by the charm of this book. It's like a party, where each guest is fascinating than the last. Who knew that the young Audrey Hepburn in Holland ate tulip bulbs to survive or that Barbara Stanwyck lived in a succession of foster homes? The charm of this book may rub off on you, as you understand better its powerful allure in no

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    review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Joseph Epstein Joseph Epstein Ø 6 characters characters Charm: The Elusive Enchantment I found it strange that extremely esoteric information is included about remote literary figures, such as who (among the literati) did or didn't visit someone's house. Lots of examples of this sort of thing.

    A good deal of humble braggi

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    PDF FREE [Charm: The Elusive Enchantment] Another Epstein book which means another witty, erudite and thought provoking read.

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    PDF FREE [Charm: The Elusive Enchantment] A multiple smiles inducing book. 10 stars! Worth the price tag (I got it hot off the press), and this from someone who earns in Philippine pesos, not dollars. Intend to buy copies when the price goes down, to foist on friends. They'll

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    review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Joseph Epstein PDF FREE [Charm: The Elusive Enchantment] I bought this book after reading about it in the Wallstreet Journal. My wife saw the book on the dining room table and wants to read it, too. Epstein was right to categorize Alcibiades as a charming rogue in Part Two. I think Nietzsche would have liked this book

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Charm: The Elusive Enchantment

Free read Charm: The Elusive Enchantment 106 characters Charm: The Elusive Enchantment Joseph Epstein takes on that most enchanting and alas increasingly rare of human gifts charm Almost everyone will recognize when he or she is in the presence of charm he writes Charm is magic of a kind; it casts a spell In the prese. It is abundant luck that Mr Epstein with his incomparable writer s voice has blended together this fascinating often hilarious book He has in the past written on various virtues and vices Envy Friendship Snobbery as well as historical and literary subjects Alexis de Tocueville and several compendiums of his literary criticism on which he sheds light on things you probably didn t know existed And the material he uses to shed light is as interesting as the stuff on which the light is shed occasionally the latter The first book I read of Epstein s was Plausible Prejudices literary criticism from the 1980 s I disagreed with some of his points in the book but it remains my favorite of his perhaps for personal reasons it opened my eyes as a young reader to the clarity of writing and gave me a taste of the current at the time state of American letters Again whether or not I came later to disagree with his viewpoints on this topic he has the uality of convincing the reader while at the same time drawing you into his subject Charm written by a master of the language with a sophisticated vision and the voice of a teacher who wants to entertain presents one with either a challenge some intellectual fun or both A reader must decide whether to take notes and follow up with his intriguing references to mostly literary culture but also that of the other arts plus history though the ancient Greek I gloss over for personal lack of interest The book is compelling in its details contrasting for example charm with popularity underscoring the latter sometimes as vulgarity Oprah for example the author uietly savages in a few sentences and hilariously so I won t repeat what he wrote but I hope to tantalize Charm is in part about the allure of the obscure and ineffable the difficulty in coming to a concise definition of a uality that it may be easily applied So let s define charm as delight conveyed with ease and without pretension That s a short definition begging the uestion what is delightful and what is not Mr Epstein ends the book with this definition basically but begins a survey of charm with so many anecdotes that one feels as if one is walking into a prism of literary historical and artistic pleasure whether or not one would find the examples provided pleasurable in the first place the Ancient Greeks take up but only a small sections of the book The one flaw is that owing probably to the author s experience his survey stops at about 1980 On the other hand this is a compendium of historical references to an obscure subject and thus the flaw is also a gift to those of a different generation who read it now and into the future Examples abound A few pages in which he writes of Audrey Hepburn who knew for example that she had out no mother tongue having been raised learning simultaneously English Dutch and French This conferred upon her a voice that was like no one else s and part of the appeal of her performance Elfin as one might describe her physically added to her charm such that Norwegian actor Aud Johansen was reported to gripe when they were both in the same play I have the biggest bosom on stage but everyone looks at the girl who has none at all Notwithstanding commanding charm if that is not an oxymoron Hepburn had bad luck with men Why was this Epstein examines Did she feel a need of a man s control or was she stimulated by worthlessness in men as EM Forster wrote in Howards End The examination of this example of one object of charm is illuminated by another This book is written so well in so many ways such as this that I hope it gets the attention it deserves So many references to the artistic and historical give me an urge to explore Will I be satisfied to have been exposed to these people who embodied charm Max Beerbohm Dean Martin Tallulah Bankhead the last contrasted before and after the age of fifty Then there was Epstein s self described article in a Chicago magazine na vely written about one Irv Kupcinet Now I ve got to track down what Epstein considers na ve The depraved inner lives of Dorothy Parker and F Scott Fitzgerald I will choose one or the other The list is long and meanwhile I ve got other things to do Epstein reveals that he asked numerous friends and acuaintances to name five people excepting talk show hosts whom they considered charming Apparently most came up short of the five and of those most picked the Obama s This I think underscores the elusiveness of charm as a concept most actively consider on even a semi regular basis As to Barack Obama I d venture to guess he would be at the top of my list if I had any ability to listen to him speak with an open voice to me But he is too guarded Michelle I would regard as the embodiment of virtue and achievement perfection without charm and this is speculation one of many examples of worthy people lacking in charm but otherwise generous intelligent or witty Excepting Mr Obama my five would be Blossom Dearie the recently deceased jazz singer who performed in a bird like falsetto except that her voice probably wasn t the least bit false the writer Fran Liebowitz Both of these people Epstein regards as charming I would add Amy Sedaris If you don t know of her talents educate yourself uickly If after so doing you don t think she s charming then as Mr Epstein noted of Charlie Chaplin in the scene Dance of the Bread Rolls in the movie Gold Rush then intensive psychotherapy is indicated Frances Faye a lounge singer s lounge singer gone and forgotten by most is on my list for because she was brash and talented with her band and voice and whenever I have to speak to an audience it does the trick to imagine myself to be her The actor Charles Busch would finish my list The first play I saw in New York City was The Lady in uestion his parody of the 1940 s movie by the same name in which Mr Busch in drag with the bosom of Aud Johansen plays the protagonist Towards the d nouement guiding his army Busch points his finger for emphasis intoning the maxim They might take the Maginot Line but they ll never take the Canarsie Line Examples abound in this book and Busch isn t mentioned but it is material such as this that makes up for charm which the author makes clear perhaps might only be demonstrated by examples

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Free read Charm: The Elusive Enchantment 106 characters Charm: The Elusive Enchantment Nce of charm the world seems lighter and lovelier A charming person can cause you to forget your problems at least temporarily to hold the worlds dreariness at bay Charm is a reminder that the world is filled with jolly prospects an. I found it strange that extremely esoteric information is included about remote literary figures such as who among the literati did or didn t visit someone s house Lots of examples of this sort of thingA good deal of humble bragging pulled off smoothly enough that the humility almost seems genuineThe author sees many aspects of life and people via a religious lens and he appears oblivious to the fact that many or most persons don t view life or people this way in the 21st century US

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Free read Charm: The Elusive Enchantment 106 characters Charm: The Elusive Enchantment D delightful possibilities Watching Fred Astaire dance or listening to Blossom Dearie sing or reading the poems of CP Cavafy or merely looking at Rita Hayworth or Ava Gardner one recalls that the world can be a pretty damn fine plac. I have always enjoyed charming people and think of us could behave better toward others and this book talks about some of this Epstein is a good writer and dissects some of what I think true charm is about Not a deep psychological study but worth the time to read and then talk about with good and charming friends