Working on the Ending.
Writer Gail Godwin reflects on the way she works now: "Inevitable for the old writer is the slowdown of word retrieval... All it once took was the slightest tug at the bell for the vigorous servant, accompanied by backup synonyms, to report for duty... You can rail at your 'senior moment' like those tiresome people who bring a conversation to a halt because they can’t remember the name of a place or person... Or you can leave a blank, to be filled in later... For me, a consolation prize of word delay has been an increased intolerance for the threadbare phrase. I don’t want anyone on my pages to 'burst into tears' or 'just perceptibly' do anything, ever again."
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 10, 2010 -
Listen, can you hear them talk
? They might be soft spoken, and not easy to get along with, but they can still command (previously)
our respect. Read
how they are looked after around the world, and the stories
which affect their daily lives. Also, here (pdf)
is a comprehensive study of their living conditions in different kinds of societies across the globe.
posted by hadjiboy
on Jul 18, 2008 -
What is SENS?
It stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. Confused? Aubrey de Grey
believes that it is possible. His research has been in the news
De Grey is the co-founder of the The Methuselah Foundation
, and they are offering a prize
to anyone who can demonstrate healthy life extension
in mice. More information at The Longevity Meme
and Better Humans
, among others.
He recently spoke in Edmonton
. Is it just me, or does he remind anyone else of a cult leader? There is something that strikes me about the way his writing sounds.
The idea of anti-ageing treatment was convincingly suggested by Kim Stanley Robinson in his Mars Trilogy
, which also addressed its potential social consequences, such as overpopulation and longevity as an option exclusively for the wealthy elite.
posted by dazedandconfused
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Castration extends life???
Not that I frequent this site, but the current Playboy reading list includes the Sex Lover's Book of Lists
by the authors of the "How to Succeed With Women" and "How ... Men" books. Note the factoid in the review, in the 2nd paragraph, "men live longer without testicles (13 years longer, on average...)". (involuntary crossing of legs here)
I've never heard that before, and I am not sure I believe it; I am only sure I don't want
to believe it.
posted by JParker
on Apr 18, 2001 -