Essayist Joseph Epstein Airs some "Gossip" - Public Radio's The Dinner Party by The Dinner Party Download published on 2012/08/14 01:49:24 +0000 Distinguished scholar and essayist Joseph Epstein knows a thing or two about sticky social dynamics. He’s written books with titles like Ambition, Friendship, Snobbery, Envy. His latest (out this Tuesday) is Gossip: The Untrivial Pursuit, which profiles humanity’s chatty (sometimes catty) pastime and its most notorious practitioners. Since a dinner party is a perfect petri dish for gossip, we asked him to grace our table, and give us juicy answers to a few etiquette questions. -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.