The Symphony of a Lifetime

By Joseph Epstein

I have taken to saying that my wife and I are at the grandparent stage of life. I don’t before now recall using the metaphor “stage” to describe any other segment or portion of my life.

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Freedom

By Joseph Epstein

“Freedom’s just another word,” a popular song from the 1960s had it, “for nothing left to lose.” The idea behind that line is a very ’60s one: Steer clear of all commitments, personal entanglements and cumbersome possessions, and freedom, that magic land, utopia right here on earth, is yours. In the 1960s, freedom, personal freedom, implied freedom to experiment in all sorts of ways, from sex and drugs to communal living, and included freedom from all responsibilities and constraints. It didn’t, I think it fair to say, quite work out.…

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Hooked on Watching

By Joseph Epstein

I am freshly arisen from watching Maryland beat Duke in overtime in the ACC tournament finals. The outcome was pleasing to me, for I have an unexplained dislike for Duke basketball teams. I was watching with the sound turned off, for I have an easily explained dislike for the gushing Dick Vitale, who was doing the color for ESPN

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