Out there, way out there
My compadres are beginning to organize! I'll be there on January 13th. Also looking forward to learning how to facilitate safe and productive conversations about age bias. Ferguson has provoked plenty of interesting exchanges around identity and solidarity, and while racism and ageism are different in significant ways, there's much to learn from those discussions as well.
Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on Cavaliere’s Cabaret, a monthly variety show in New Haven’s Lyric Hall hosted by brilliant singer and performer Anne Tofflemire. There was singing, there was dancing, there was comedy, and there was a 10-minute conversation with me about—you guessed it—ageism. The response was terrific, including this lovely follow-up note from a woman in the audience.
Great to hear Bill Maher tackle ageism, in the context of Jerry Brown's political viability. Too bad he pits olders against millenials, who are also the targets of ageism. We're all in this together.
“Researching this story about getting old was revelatory thanks to @AndreaCharise and @thischairrocks” tweeted Anne Kingston, Senior Writer at Maclean’s magazine, when “Why it’s time to face up to old age” was published this week. That was gratifying, but reading the article—a sharp and balanced look at the social and economic costs of age denial—was even more so.
The cover story of the October 2014 Atlantic magazine, “The New Science of Old Age,” features a white-bearded skateboarder careening between two articles that encapsulate American ambivalence about longevity: here’s why our kids could significantly outlive us and how awful that would be. Below, my Letter to the Editor calling out the unacknowledged ageism that saturates both articles, followed by more examples.