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Losing It: In Which an Aging Professor Laments His Shrinking Brain, Which He Flatters Himself Formerly Did Him Noble Service
 
 
Author
William Ian Miller.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780300171013
Pages/Publication Date 328/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42100
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A distinguished professor at a top law school, William Miller brings effortless erudition and acerbic wit to this seriously funny look at growing old. The "it" in Miller's title refers mainly to mental faculties—memory, processing speed, sensory acuity, the capacity to focus—but also includes the sags and flaccidities, aches and pains, failing joints and organs. Does growing old gracefully mean more than simply refusing unseemly cosmetic surgeries? How do we face decline, and will we know if and when we have lingered too long? Drawing on a lifetime of deep study and anxious observation, Miller enlists the wisdom of the ancients to confront these vexed questions head on.

"Miller takes target at the inevitable aging process, and finds much more humor than might be expected.... Readers may turn to the book for contemplation or a much-needed laugh as they themselves continue the unavoidable journey."—Publishers Weekly

"A full-throttle performance in which the Middle Ages are a solace for middle age. He embraces revenge, humiliation, etymology, the Gettysburg Address.... It's not for me to spoil the story. Seek it out."—Independent (London)

"His vigorous pessimism is strangely liberating.... At times Miller's determined miserabilism gets it so right that all one can do is sit back, revel in the shock of recognition, and laugh aloud."—Times Higher Education Supplement

 
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