A Line Out for a Walk: Familiar Essays

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 - Fiction - 331 pages
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

A LINE OUT FOR A WALK: : Familiar Essays

User Review  - Kirkus

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 ... Read full review

A line out for a walk: familiar essays

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

One of a handful of living Americans who have mastered the "familiar'' essay, Epstein never fails to entertain as well as soothingly educate. His fine eye and sure hand roam widely, searching for ... Read full review

Contents

A Note on the Title
11
The Gentle Art of the Resounding PutDown
32
The Bore Wars
51
Autodidact
69
Quotatious
88
Confessions of a Low Roller
109
Calm and Uncollected
127
Short Subject
147
And Thats What I Like About the South
187
The Man in the Green
218
A Few Kind Words for Envy
239
Waiter Theres a Paragraph in My Soup
257
Entre Nous
277
Money Is Funny
296
Dancing in the Darts 3 14
314
Copyright

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
166

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1992)

Joseph Epstein has been the editor of the American Scholar since 1975. His own books of essays include The Middle of My Tether, Once More Around the Block, A Line Out for a Walk, Pertinent Players, and With My Trousers Rolled (all published by Norton). He was guest editor for Best American Essays (1993) and teaches at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Bibliographic information