Friday, January 20, 2012

Donald Hall on old age

However alert we are, however much think we know what will happen, antiquity remains an unknown, unanticipated galaxy. It is alien, and old people are a separate form of life.... They can be pleasant, they can be annoying -- in the supermarket, these old ladies won't get out of my way -- but most important they are permanently other.

Donald Hall, "Out the Window", Personal History, The New Yorker, January 23, 2012, 40.


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