Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow boomers through the door marked "Exit".
The notorious baby boomers - the largest age cohort in history - are 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're 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 50s what even the healthiest boomers are going to experience in their 60s, 70s, or 80s."
This surprisingly cheerful 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."
"Old Age is irreverent, wise, and laugh-out-loud funny about living long enough for your organs to start to betray you. Count on Michael Kinsley to write the book about life you didn't know you needed." (Atul Gawande)
"Political journalist Kinsley, who revealed he has Parkinson's disease in 2002, reads the foreword and introduction of his surprisingly uplifting meditation on aging. When narrator Danny Campbell takes over, his tone and vocal maturity sound a lot like Kinsley's. Adding the appealing texture of his utterly authentic phrasing, Campbell's performance is ideal for this intelligent book.... With Danny Campbell reading, the book's message acquires the power to captivate an even wider audience." (AudioFile)
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Arrogant, smug & self-glorifying
No, I would prefer to read his articles. Seven chapters of Mr. Kinsley is worse than a root canal work.
No, it has stimulated me to write one
I'm 72 y/o with PD (Non-motor, cognitive impairment type). Kinsley's book was redundant, statistical, and non-informative. It is obvious that Mr. Kinsley has a chip on his shoulder, an obsession with death and an overweening need for self-glorification. The book has little to do with "old age" and more to do with the United States' illusion of grandeur and vindication of baby boomers. Mike, you are journalist not a novelist. Relax and enjoy the sun of Vail and quietly fade into the sunset without dragging us with you.