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Friendship by Joseph Epstein
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Mar 29, 2007

really liked it
Read in March, 2007

Filled with wonderful little tidbits, like this:

"Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache," wrote William Blake. "Do be my enemy--for friendship's sake."

Though Epstein complains a little too much about his uncanny ability to have and keep friends (such an inconvenience, he says; geez, how tiring to have so many people like him; why, why must he suffer through it?), this is a highly readable blend of academic/historical cases and modern analysis of the complexities of friendship. I'll check out his Snobbery next.

PS: Available at the Mid-Manhattan branch (40th and 5th) on the first floor. Lots of copies available.

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