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Old age : a beginner's guide

by Kinsley, Michael E. (Author)

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"Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The largest age cohort in history--the notorious baby boomers--is approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it abo... Full description

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Summary: "Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow Boomers through the door marked "Exit." The largest age cohort in history--the notorious baby boomers--is approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you've gone the reputation you leave behind? In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. "Sometimes," he writes, "I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties." This deeply affectionate book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man's journey toward the finish line. "The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting," he writes. "Parkinson's disease has fulfilled that obligation.""-- Provided by publisher.
Item Description: Inroduction 1. An Encounter in the Pool 2. In Defense of Denial 3. It's Not Rocket Science, But It Is Brain Surgery 4. An Encounter over Denver 5. Have You Lost Your Mind? 6. The Vanity of Human Hopes [Reputation] 7. The Least We Can Do 8. An Encounter in the Stockroom.
Physical Description: 160 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9781101903766 (hardback)
1101903767 (hardback)
9781101903780 (trade paperback)
1101903783 (trade paperback)
Author Notes: Michael Kinsley is a columnist at Vanity Fair , a contributor to The New Yorker , and the founder of Slate . He has served as the editor of The New Republic and Harper's , the managing editor of The Washington Monthly , and the American editor of The Economist . He lives in Washington, DC.
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