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Tag Archives: aging
A plausible scenario of start to finish based on a related family of girls and women:
__________ Jim Morrison was born in 1943. That means that, had he lived to 2013, he would be turning 70 this year. That’s a weird thought.
Try not to cry. __________ One of Maurice Sendak’s books is here.
The hard-to-please movie reviewer at The New Republic, David Thomson, calls Amour the best movie of the year. Here’s Thomson: Readers may say, “Well, you don’t like many films,” and they’d be right. I thought Prometheus was a catastrophe, Argo overrated, Anna Karenina risible, The Deep Blue Sea regrettable. … Continue reading
Really. This is at the Los Angeles Times: [R]esearch, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [… finds that a] typical Swede, […] is more than 100 times more likely to survive to the age … Continue reading
Via the Daily Beast today: “It sucks. Mentally I’m young. But you cannot stop the body from aging. Someone like myself despises the thought of death. I have a real problem with that. And after you run up the stairs … Continue reading
A powerful appeal from Hitchens when he was clearly in decline. Carpe diem. _____ Hitchens would have had his 62nd birthday this past week, and Charlie Rose did a powerful roundtable discussion with four of his closest friends—Salmon Rushdie, Martin … Continue reading
Fall Poem: Actor Ralph Richardson Reads John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” After Reflecting on Old Age and Death
Ralph Richardson died in 1983 at the age of 81, so this clip is from the mid-1970s.
_____ Leaves cling, do not go gently, but go just The same. The signal is yellow; the alive Are always downcast before being cast down. Look! The green team winning all summer Is starting to lose badly, going bald in The stunning … Continue reading
I remembered a math joke this morning that I haven’t thought of in a long time. Two mathematicians, both 30 years old, married to one another, are talking over coffee. The husband says to his wife: When I’m 60, I’m trading … Continue reading
Both of my wife’s parents are alive and in their late 70s, and here’s what her mother said in response to the idea of having a big 50th wedding anniversary party: Everybody who came to our wedding is dead! My wife’s … Continue reading
My wife and I own—with perhaps the exception of one or two titles—all of Woody Allen’s films on DVD. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ve actually watched all of them. We have favorites, for example, that have endured multiple viewings—Husbands and Wives and Matchpoint—and … Continue reading
Which Blue Bus Is Calling Us? Faith, Atheism, and Death in John Updike’s Last Collection of Short Stories
This past weekend, T.C. Boyle reviewed, for the New York Times, John Updike’s posthumously published collection of short stories (17 of 18 of them written in the past decade), and Boyle noticed the theme of religious faith running through a … Continue reading
Stefan Beck, who blogs at The New Criterion website, likes John Updike’s final collection of short stories (which just came out). Money quote: The posthumous collection My Father’s Tears reminds us of one wonderful thing about Updike: Practically any example … Continue reading
McMemory Lapse: John McCain Struggles With His Memory on National Television, Reminding Viewers of the Age Issue
Is 72 year old Republican John McCain’s cognitive ability showing signs of decline? You betcha!: Dr. Robert Epstein, former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, on aging and cognitive abilities: [S]everal studies conducted over the past decade or so show that when … Continue reading