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Book Title: Sixty: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year|
The author of the book: Ian Brown
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Edition: The Experiment
Date of issue: August 23rd 2016
ISBN 13: 9781615193509
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From the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Moon comes a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown realized that the man in the mirror was actually . . . sixty.
Brown began keeping a diary of his sixty-fist year with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as wanting to maintain a running tally on how he survived the year, Brown set out to explore what being sixty means physically, psychologically, and intellectually. “What pleasures are gone forever? Which ones, if any, are left? What did Beethovan, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucian Freud do after they turned sixty?” And more importantly, “How much life can you life in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?”
Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly. As Brown writes, “It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped looking twenty years ago.” His prose, which has garnered multiple book and journalism awards, has a naked honesty that shocks, delights, and enlightens as he turns his restless eye on himself, and also captures the obsessions of a generation facing the undeniable fact that they are no longer young.
With formidable candor, Brown tries to answer this question: “Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded—and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?” For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness?
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Read information about the authorA Canadian journalist and author.
He is currently the host of Human Edge and The View from Here on TVOntario, and has hosted programming for CBC Radio One, including Later the Same Day, Talking Books, and Sunday Morning.
He has also worked as a business writer at Maclean's and the Financial Post, a feature reporter for The Globe and Mail, and a freelance journalist for other magazines including Saturday Night.
Brown is also the editor of What I Meant to Say: The Private Lives of Men a 2006 collection of twenty-nine essays by prominent Canadian writers, including Greg Hollingshead, David MacFarlane, Don Gillmor, Bert Archer, and Brown himself, who asked his contributors to write on subjects that they'd like to discuss with women but had never been able to.
Brown has also published three books, Freewheeling (1989) about the Billes family, owners of Canadian Tire, and Man Overboard. He is an occasional contributor to the American public radio program This American Life. The Boy in the Moon, a book-length version of Brown's series of Globe and Mail features dealing with his son Walker's rare genetic disorder, Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome (CFC), was published in the fall of 2009.
In January 2010, Ian Brown won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his book The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son. The award is Canada's richest non-fiction prize and offers the winner a $40,000 prize. In February, 2010, the book won the Charles Taylor Prize, a $25,000 prize which recognizes excellence in literary non-fiction.
Brown is married to Globe and Mail film critic Johanna Schneller.