Not Such A Grumpy Old Man After All: A Review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty

February 2, 2015 6:58 PM

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Not Such A Grumpy Old Man After All: A Review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty

Lately, my writing about old age has been on the cheerful side. Not surprising, since I've been writing about successful aging and not about unsuccessful aging. Still, some people I know who are in their 80s or 90s have been saying to me, "Just you wait." I've begun to worry that my sense of aging is drawn from the young side of old age -- I am 71 -- and that I don't get what it's like to be very old.

So, when I read a review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty, which made him sound like a very grumpy and articulate old man bemoaning accumulating losses, I decided I should take a look and see what he had to say that would help me to get better insight into what it's like to be 10 or 20 or 30 yea...

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