Old Age

Old Age

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eBook - 2016 | First edition.
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"A collection of essays on aging, Parkinson's disease, fame, and the legacy of the Baby Boomer generation."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Tim Duggan Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101903773
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages)
Contents: An encounter in the pool
In defense of denial
It's not rocket science
but it is brain surgery
An encounter in the sky
Have you lost your mind?
The vanity of human hopes (reputation)
The least we can do
An encounter in the stockroom.
Summary: "A collection of essays on aging, Parkinson's disease, fame, and the legacy of the Baby Boomer generation."-- Provided by publisher.


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Apr 08, 2017

I've always despised Kinsley, a first-class redirection specialist, and woe unto anyone who takes his disinformation and misinformation seriously. [FYI: David Rockefeller, Peter G. Peterson and the rest of the private equity types (leveraged buyouts, asset stripping, speculating commodities upwards illegally, et cetera, et cetera) and many, if not most of the hedge fund types, ARE NOT or WERE NOT baby boomers, they were the generation prior.
Never cared for Slate, too obvious a Fake News outlet online.]

Apr 08, 2017

This book is supposed to be about aging. But there's a lot about the author's coping with his Parkinson's disease, and it turns out the book isn't about aging in general--it's about the aging of the baby boom generation. Or is it? Maybe it's about the whining of the baby boom generation. That's the big problem with this rambling but short-read (you can zip right through it in a few hours) book. You can't tell what the point is supposed to be. Yes, the author moralizes that life shouldn't really be about how many toys one can collect. He also denigrates the Edifice Complex--buying yourself immortality by funding (actually, the author says, almost always partially funding) a building. And he offers some good rationales for the estate tax. But unlike Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, the author doesn't suggest what each of us might do to make aging a more fulfilling stage of life. Instead the author offers a suggestion for how the baby boom generation can collectively save its reputation. This is not to say the book doesn't have some amusing moments. It does. Kinsley is a clever writer. But if you're looking for a how-to book on aging, this isn't it.

Sep 26, 2016

Clever, funny and insightful writing by the founder of Slate magazine and self-professed policy wonk, Michael Kinsley. Mr. Kinsley talks openly about living with Parkinson's disease and what this has taught him about disability, aging and others' perceptions. I love that he is not afraid to skewer the assumptions of us Baby Boomers, and call us to action one more time before we all shuffle off this planet...
Quick read, but very thought provoking.

SanRafaelStaff_Joan Jul 14, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable essays for the boomer aging population. Thoughtful, funny, wise.

Jul 01, 2016

I was rather disappointed with this book. I had expected a humorous account of getting old and an insightful look at its trials and tribulations. What I got instead was an account mostly of Parkinson's Disease. Not to devalue this in any way but a more general description would have been more interesting.

May 16, 2016

An engaging look at Parkinsons disease, his own, and mortality, us all. Refreshingly free of New Age spirituality and religious examination although both have earnest adherents. With a digression describing the prosperous economy and social programs inherited by the Boomer generation courtesy the preceeding WW2 generation and the bare shelf left the succeeding generations. A cautionary tale for a country, America, not known for caution.


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Aug 25, 2016

On NPR, Michael Kinsley stated that even though he has Parkinson's Disease, this book is not about Parkinson's. Well, it pretty much is. He does discuss other challenges of old age (cancer & Alzheimer's) but his focus is on Parkinson's and it's effects. A disappointing read.


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