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Sixty : A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
by Ian Brown


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This is the thing, you see: I am on my way to being an old man. But at sixty, I am still the youngest of old men.

As Ian Brown's sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning.  Read more...


 
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Overview

This is the thing, you see: I am on my way to being an old man. But at sixty, I am still the youngest of old men.

As Ian Brown's sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning. True, he was beginning to notice memory lapses, creaking knees, and a certain social invisibility--and yet, it troubled him that many people think of sixty as "old," because he rarely felt older than at forty.

An award-winning writer, Brown instead chose to notice every moment, try to understand it, capture it . . . all without panicking. Sixty is the result: Brown's uncensored account of his sixty-first year, and, informed by his reportorial gifts, his investigation of the many changes--physical, mental, and emotional--that come to all of us as we age.

Brown is a master of the seriocomic, and his day-to-day dramas--as a husband, father, brother, son, friend, and neighbor--are rendered, inseparably, with wistfulness and laugh-out-loud wit. He is also a discerning, prolific reader, and it is a pure pleasure being privy to his thoughts on the dozens of writers--including Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin, A. J. Liebling, Wislawa Szymborska, Clive James, Sharon Olds, and Karl Ove Knausgaard--who speak to him most, at sixty.

From an author on whom the telling detail is never lost, Sixty is a richly informative, candid report from the line between middle-aged and soon-to-be-elderly. It perfectly captures the obsessions of a generation realizing that they are no longer young.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781615193509
  • ISBN-10: 1615193502
  • Publisher: Experiment
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

On the day he turns 60, journalist Brown (The Boy in the Moon) starts keeping a diary. Brown probes the daily details of his first-year as a sexagenarian in an attempt to stave off his fear of breaking down physically and mentally as well to get to know his current self, which is different from his former self but retains shadows of it. In a memoir that is occasionally funny or momentarily poignant but more often simply wearisome, Brown lets down his guard to share his deepest anxieties about his aging life. Unsurprisingly, he provides a litany of the physical challenges of aging: the urge to pee, a crippling plantar fasciitis that hobbles him, aging eyes that require glaucoma drops as well as graduated lenses. He compares himself to celebrities who’ve turned 60—Jay Leno, whose “skin is clear but the color of my dining room table”; Tom Petty, who at 63 “looks younger and more relaxed than I do”—as a way of comforting himself. In the end, he longs to be less afraid as he moves forward, and he wants to be younger and stronger as the years progress, but he realizes time is “running out faster than I can know.” Those turning 60 will appreciate and find resonance with Brown’s honest grappling with his aging. (Aug.)

 
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