Old Age

Old Age

A Beginner's Guide

Book - 2016
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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 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.""--
"A collection of essays on aging, Parkinson's disease, fame, and the legacy of the Baby Boomer generation"--
Is life about acquiring things or changing the world? Is the only thing that counts after you're gone the reputation you leave behind? Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to confront these and other questions about aging. At once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man's journey toward the finish line, Kinsley provides the beginner's guide you never thought you'd need
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781101903766
Characteristics: 160 pages ;,19 cm


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Sep 30, 2020

Me, me, me I have never heard such self centred bragging. As the author name drops his way through his disease, his treatment, and his resentment. This is not a beginner's guide this is an excuse for a book about the author and how great he "is".

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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