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Book Event: Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
December 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$5 – $24
Willard Spiegelman, Author
$7 (members $5); free with purchase of book from The Shop
Spiegelman reflects with candid humor and sophistication on growing old. Senior Moments is a series of discrete essays by a man who, despite Western notions of aging as something to be denied, overcome, and resisted, relishes the simplest of pleasures: reading, looking at art, talking, and indulging in occasional fits of nostalgia while also welcoming what inevitably lies ahead.
Please Note: the book will be held for you at the front desk until the event.
Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead by Willard Spiegelman
Drawing on more than six decades’ worth of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, Willard Spiegelman reflects with candid humor and sophistication on growing old. Senior Moments is a series of discrete essays that, when taken together, constitute the life of a man who, despite Western cultural notions of aging as something to be denied, overcome, and resisted, has continued to relish the simplest of pleasures: reading, looking at art, talking, and indulging in occasional fits of nostalgia while also welcoming what inevitably lies ahead.
Spiegelman’s expertly crafted book considers, with wisdom and elegance, how to be alert to the joys that brim from unexpected places even as death draws near. Senior Moments is a foray into the felicity and follies that age brings; a consideration of how and what one reads or rereads in late adulthood; the eagerness for, and disappointment in, long-awaited reunions, at which the past comes alive in the present. A clear-eyed book of memories, written in eight searching and courageously honest essays, Senior Moments is guaranteed to stimulate, stir, and restore.
“Mr. Spiegelman adopts the discursive, finely crafted voice of a literature professor, revealing a penchant for aphorism and allusion.” -Wall Street Journal
“He’s an agreeable, wise and witty companion — edifying, fun and fearless as he proffers lessons in happiness and aging learned during his long, distinguished career.”- The Dallas Morning News
“Spiegelman writes with a casual, engaging style and frequently punctuates his paragraphs with references to literature that crystallize his ideas. Readers will find this volume rich with relatable insights.” – Publishers Weekly
“They say we are living in a golden age of the personal essay, and it’s true . . . Walk with Willard through New York, Tokyo, Dallas, his personal library, museums—walk with Willard through life.” —Mark Oppenheimer, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door
“A book so vivid and personable that one has the impression of sitting across a dinner table from its author. He talks to us in a tone at once convivial and elegiac as he addresses some of life’s biggest questions: What makes us happy? How can we make the best use of our brief lifetimes? To tackle these, Spiegelman brings to bear his vast erudition, humane intelligence, wit, and personal candor. The result is a beautiful and wise book about making daily life a meaningful pleasure.” —Rhonda Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History