Rosenblatt describes the short book (only 140 pages), which began with a column he wrote for Modern Maturity, as a "little guide intended for people who wish to age successfully, or at all." He adds that "growing older is as much an art as it is a science, and it requires fewer things to do than not to do."
Ranging from the fatalistic (rule 1: "It doesn't matter") to the highly practical (rule 26: "Never go to a cocktail party and, in any case, do not stay more than 20 minutes"), rule 2 best illustrates the tone for much of what follows ("Nobody is thinking about you"):
Yes, I know, you are certain that your friends are becoming your enemies; that your grocer, garbage man, clergyman, sister-in-law, and your dog are all of the opinion that you have put on weight, that you have lost your touch, that you have lost your mind; furthermore, you are convinced that everyone spends two-thirds of every day commenting on your disintegration, denigrating your work, plotting your assassination. I promise you: Nobody is thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves--just like you.
Other notables include "Let bad enough alone" (rule 3), "Stay clear of anyone--other than a clergyman--who refers to God more than once in an hour" (rule 8), "Do not attempt to improve anyone, especially when you know it will help" (rule 29), "The unexamined life lasts longer" (rule 40), "Change no more than one-eighth of your life at a time" (rule 48), and "The game is played away from the ball" (rule 55). Nowhere will you find talk of antioxidants or exercise or anything resembling a detox program. Rosenblatt is no health nut, and there is already plenty of material available on that. What you will encounter instead is a gifted writer clearly enjoying his craft, making this slim volume a welcome poke at and departure from the more predictable antiaging fare. --Patrick Jennings
The 7 cavalcade originates on Manhattan's West Side at the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station and heads east, a moving testament to the furtherance of New York, and maybe America, and maybe the world. It embodies nearly three centuries of building, higher and higher, as the edify weaves its way from underground in Manhattan and beneath the East River to Queens, where it emerges from the darkness and skies above the lie of the city on elevated... You peer out the windows at a city that mixes its wealth and poverty like perhaps no other as the entourage moves past the smokestacks and million-dollar apartments and over a bridge with a train depot underneath and La Guardia Community College to... You look about the train at the mass of humanity, those along for the ride with you, your brothers and sisters for the next, oh, half hour. You wonder which of the people are in for a leisurely day of tennis and for whom this Friday is just another day, with all the stresses that come with it. You stain a foursome -- Clarissa and Myron McWherter, and Magnus and Lindsay Kullenberg, from... Magnus played tennis for the University of Arkansas, it turns out, and Myron is a complete player as well, and their wives, well, they're happy to be along for the ride. Their plans came together in less than a month -- "We were hungover, watching the French Responsive, and said, 'We should do the US Open,'" Clarissa says -- but they made it. Just behind the first-timers stand a twosome, Tom and Sue Conaty, on their way... "We're going to get here at 11 a. m. , and 12 hours later, look for us on this same train [back]," said Sue, who is up from Florida with her keep quiet. The Conatys have seen three generations of tennis stars on these courts, watched as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors begat Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who begat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They recollect heading to the US Open when it was still played in Forest Hills, and what it was like when Arthur Ashe Stadium -- now celebrating its 20th year -- was premier constructed. "The old-timers like us are going to miss the old Armstrong, the old Grandstand. That was special," Sue says, referring to the construction of Louis Armstrong Colosseum. Regardless, they wouldn't miss the Open, they say, as the train passes the 33rd Street-Rawson Station, adorned with eclectic. Source: www.espn.com
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