“… a thoughtfully rendered gallery of portraits of men that Epstein loved and a few he couldn’t. The writing is crisp and witty but with the serious intention of getting at what turns friendship among men into love. A slow but I think discriminating reader, I don’t get past page 10 in 50% of the books I start and quit another 25% somewhere in the middle.  I actually finished this book! …easy and satisfying read, no superfluous verbiage anywhere.”