Friendship Among the Intellectuals

Joseph Epstein, Commentary, Aug 10, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I really didn't like this mean-spirited paper listed in today's ArtsJournal, but I spent enough time with it to merit passing it along. I am torn between wanting to disparage the author's off-handed swipes against socialism (by equating it with Stalinism) and wanting to show disdain for the offhand manner in which the author supposes that he is an intellectual (and therefore qualified to talk on the subject of friendship among the intellectuals). If I may be thought of as an intellectual, just for the moment at least, then my observation would be that friendship among the intellectuals is as varied as the intellectuals themselves, created and dissolved for no end of reasons, and not so often characterized by the pettiness of the charades described here.
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