A Diary of My Sixty-first Year : the Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?

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"Ian Brown began keeping a diary of his sixty-first 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 Beethoven, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucian Freud do after they turned sixty?' And more importantly, 'How much life can you live in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?'"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781615193509
Branch Call Number: 305.2441 B8134S 2016
Characteristics: xi, 299 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 60 : a diary of my 61st year


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Jcheng1234 Dec 01, 2017

A true account of the author, a feature writer for the Globe and Mail, in the year he turned sixty. It is a funny and honest recording of what he feels and thinks every day at his "aging stage". As everyone gets older and not younger, his observation of his physical, psychological and intellectual change is a foretaste of what we would be expecting as we approach sixty. Hopefully we may feel less anxious as our body and look fails and time is beginning to disappear!

Aug 06, 2017

Like the other readers, I found this author's account of turning 60 years of age so painfully self-absorbed, I stopped reading it 1/3 of the way thru. How anyone could shortlist this book
"...for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction as well as a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize," is completely beyond me. Are we that short of quality non-fiction in Canada? To suggest that, "Sixty is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown..." turned sixty is only half true, but in this case, I have to say that 'honesty isn't always the best policy. A little humility might have served the author better.
I definitely won't be reading Brown's account about turning 65, but for the sake of the author, his friends, and family, I sincerely hope it's a more tempered transition!

Nov 10, 2016

I'm 67. Reading this book, I wished that Brown would quit whining and just get over himself. His self pity became overwhelming and I quit half-way through.

Oct 27, 2016

I turned sixty a few years back. I never gave it a second thought - it was just another Birthday. Thus it seems odd that Ian Brown attaches so much importance to it and suffers so much angst. I found his harping on medical conditions rather irritating. I have to admit the book was well written - it was just the topic that was rather morose. Come on Ian you can do better.

May 12, 2016

Watching Brown being interviewed on TV about this book drew me to read it. The stories in the book were not nearly as interesting or funny as they were as he related the ones he spoke about on TV. Reading the book turned out to be a disappointment primarily due to his repeated complaining about his current age. Deal with it and move on has always been my live philosophy as I prepare to move into my 70's.

Feb 16, 2016

What a whiner!
And about money. Seriously.
$95 haircuts!
I'm a few past his 60 so know what it's like.

Nov 30, 2015

For me, this was a silly book. I didn't find it humorous, just trite.

Oct 05, 2015

A very engaging read as the author chronicles the challenges he faces as he turns 60.


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debwalker Oct 05, 2015

"I can't get away from the nagging feeling that somewhere along the path of my life, I misplaced twenty years. I am not sure when or where."


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