On Turning Sixty-five: Notes from the Field
"Personally, I've got a lot invested in reaching my stunning current age, and I'm damned if I'm going to hang on to that youthful crap. (I liked the idea of being a sixty-year-old so much I started claiming that age before I turned fifty-nine.) Parts of it, I don't like--the loss of energy that seems its inevitable accompaniment, for example--but when I consider how I used to boil that energy away as a younger man, and the things I boiled it away on, I am happy to accept a shorter tether and a more reflective way of going at things."
John Jerome, author of such beloved books as "Truck and Stone Work, entered his sixty-fifth year with a number of goals in mind: to battle the debilities of age, to master them through understanding when he could not physically defeat them, and to keep a journal of these efforts. As he puts it, "It was time to start planning an endgame."
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ON TURNING SIXTY-FIVE: Notes from the FieldUser Review - Kirkus
Sagacious and entertaining field notes on a canoe trip into the cold waters of old age.In this memoir of 12 chapters named by months, consciously patterned after Thoreau, Jerome (Blue Rooms, 1997; The ... Read full review
On turning sixty-five: notes from the fieldUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Generally, 65 marks the beginning of old age and intense self-reflection. Encouraged after rereading Henry David Thoreau, Jerome, a columnist for Esquire and the author of Blue Rooms, Truck, and Stone ... Read full review