This old man all in pieces
This Old Man: All in Pieces by Roger AngellRoger Angell, the acclaimed New Yorker writer and editor, returns with a selection of writings that celebrate a view from the tenth decade of an engaged, vibrant life.
Long known for his range and supple prose (he is the only writer elected to membership in both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters), Angell won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors’ Best Essay award for “This Old Man,” which forms a centerpiece for this book. This deeply personal account is a survey of the limitations and discoveries of great age, with abundant life, poignant loss, jokes, retrieved moments, and fresh love, set down in an informal and moving fashion. A flood of readers from different generations have discovered and shared this classic piece.
Angell’s fluid prose and native curiosity make him an amiable and compelling companion on the page. The book gathers essays, letters, light verse, book reviews, Talk of the Town stories, farewells, haikus, Profiles, Christmas greetings, late thoughts on the costs of war. Whether it’s a Fourth of July in rural Maine, a beloved British author at work, Derek Jeter’s departure, the final game of the 2014 World Series, an all-dog opera, editorial exchanges with John Updike, or a letter to a son, what links the pieces is the author’s perceptions and humor, his utter absence of self-pity, and his appreciation of friends and colleagues—writers, ballplayers, editors, artists—encountered over the course of a full and generous life.
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Like V. Angell is neither an aphoristic nor overtly flashy writer. His virtues are those of close observation and considered reflection, careful accretion of detail and argument, and a prose style whose ambling grace belies its lean economy. In inviting us to rummage through his literary files, Angell proves almost consistently engaging and companionable What stitches together the collection is a sense of gratitude It feels like he assembled this collection in great part to say thank you.
By dallasnews Administrator. The U. Census Bureau says that only about 2 million Americans are 90 or older, so why do I always seem to get behind one when I'm in a hurry? Luckily, I've learned to be more tolerant of these old-timers after reading Roger Angell's essay, "This Old Man," written for The New Yorker when he was a spry He accepts his many losses of family and friends, keeping them alive in his memory, rather than frozen on a page of an old letter or photograph.
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