Behold, a Revolution is Afoot

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That's the title of a galvanizing post on Midcentury Modern, a site where "The formerly young get their say in this this smart conversation about age, identity and generational politics in America." I'm delighted to be part of it, and even more so to see comrades growing in number all the time. The phrase spraypainted on that wall is attributed to Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers.

 

Anne Lamott about my book: "Wow."

The epigraph to my book, which willl be published on March 15th, is a quote from the wonderful writer Anne Lamott: "We contain all the ages we have ever been." It's an elegant counterpoint to the conventional narrative of aging as loss—aging as a rich process of accretion—and it also connects the generations. The quote inspired the cover drawing by brilliant designer Rebeca Mendez,

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A very short story about why we need a radical age movement

               “L.A. has to be the world capital of ageism. I noticed it the first time i visited L.A. after my first year of college. I was staying with a classmate and his family. On about the third day of the visit, we were sitting in the kitchen when an elderly woman I hadn't seen before walked through without saying anything. My friend and his parents acted embarrassed but otherwise didn't acknowledge the woman's presence. I had to ask him later who it was.

blurb from eminent historian Stephanie Coontz

Twenty years ago I screwed up my courage and sent a copy of my book, Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, to the author and historian Stephanie Coontz, one of my culture heroes. Six months later the phone rang.  It was Stephanie, asking if I'd like to join the nascent Council on Contemporary Familes, now the go-to resource for reliable research about American families as they really are. Here's what she had to say about This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism:

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