Old Age

Old Age

By Michael Kinsley

  • Release Date : 2016-04-26
  • Genre : Essays
  • FIle Size : 1.02 MB
Score: 3.5
From 34 Ratings


Old Age 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 fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.”

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 A Beginners Guide

    By Dogyks
    Falsely promoted as a memoir about his illness. The last several chapters are devoted to condemning the "Baby Boomers" and pushing his socialist agenda-very dishonest. Would not recommend to anyone.
  • A total scam

    By Belenmaria
    More about politics than old age. Lost time...at an age when you don't have to much of it.
  • I would not recommend this one

    By searching for truth
    In the sample the author wrote that this book was not about Parkinsons Disease. I found that not to be the case. It read to me like a book that was prompted by the authors diagnosis and the responses to his diagnosis from colleagues and friends. I did not see it as a helpful book about aging. I would not recommend it.