“Untitled XXV 1982 by Willem de Kooning” One wonders if there is any way to age with grace. After all, old age brings wrinkles, loose skin, flabbiness, pains of all sorts, limps, doctor visits and the ever mounting fear of the Grim Reaper. These traits do not conjure up grace. And in this great culture of narcissism and image, aging is the great dread and youthful zeal is the only ideal state.
I have noticed that over the last 20 years, as I waltzed past the age of 50, I have become increasingly invisible to those of the opposite sex. […]