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remembering sociologist ed shils

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Commentary Magazine has a nice tribute to the late Ed Shils:

I miss my friend Edward Shils, as I miss many other now dead friends. But these others are dead for me in a way that Edward isn’t quite. He seems never to have left me, and I can write about him today in a way I couldn’t when he died—being enabled, by the passage of time, in the phrase of the House Un-American Activities Committee, to “name names” in a way that wasn’t possible then.

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Written by fabiorojas

November 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Epstein writes of Shils:

    “He told me that at a dinner party he once queried a married woman who spoke admiringly of Anna Karenina about what must be her concomitant admiration for adultery, since that was the main topic of that novel.”

    OK. That’s not what he said. Here’s the exact quote:

    “He told me that at a dinner party he once queried a married woman who spoke admiringly of Philip Roth about what must be her concomitant admiration for adultery, since that was one of the specialties in Roth’s fiction.”

    And this from the man who championed Saul Bellow, married five times and whose adultery was not confined to his fiction.

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    Jay Livingston

    November 11, 2019 at 2:26 pm


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