I had the pleasure of listening to some of the thoughts of the National Humanities Medal Recipients for 2003, when the NEH had a reception this afternoon. Of the recipients, Jean Fritz, Edith Kurzweil, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, and Joseph Epstein came in to talk a little about how they became involved in humanities work.

Epstein was particularly engaging, answering questions with a series of poignant and humorous anecdotes.

A work friend summarized perfectly: “I would love to have him at a dinner party.”

For a taste of style and wit, read a recent interview on identitytheory.com.


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