Thursday, October 16, 2008

Final thoughts on the approach to dropping dead

I'll admit that I have been reading some books on aging, retirement, dropping dead in an untimely fashion etc. I'll have to say that Dr. Andrew Weil's book on the subject is pretty useful; especially if you want to know about all of those early symptoms of decline type stuff: losing your balance, forgetting shit, having heart attacks, forgetting why you used to worry about sex all of the time, that kind of stuff.

For my money, the best book on the subject is Richard Meltzer's "Autumn Rhythm- Musings on time, tide,aging, dying and such biz." Click on the link to read a substantial portion of the book.

Meltzer left behind an academic career to become, arguably, the first professional rock critic. Unlike so many who followed in his footsteps, he is not an asshole or an idiot. In addition to his rock writing he has been a lyricist for Blue Oyster Cult and an inspiration and Grandpa figure to the Dictators. He started one of the first LA punk bands, Vom, and, in so doing, inspired The Angry Samoans. His only peers are Nick Tosches and Lester Bangs. Just like me, half his peers are dead.

(Dont Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

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