- In Which an Aging Professor Laments His Shrinking Brain
- Narrated by: Michael Scherer
- Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-09-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Drawing on a lifetime of deep study and anxious observation, Miller enlists the wisdom of the ancients to confront these vexed questions head on. Debunking the glossy new image of old age that has accompanied the graying of the Baby Boomers, he conjures a lost world of aging rituals - complaints, taking to bed, resentments of one's heirs, schemes for taking it with you or settling up accounts and scores - to remind us of the ongoing dilemmas of old age. Darkly intelligent and sublimely written, this exhilarating and eccentric book will raise the spirits of readers, young and old.
The book is published by Yale University Press.
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By Alan on 17-05-14
The title leads you to believe that Miller will be giving his personal experience of aging. But there's very little in the book about that. Miller is a scholar and historian, and devotes the bulk of the book to analyzing classical and ancient texts (including the Bible and Norse tales). And he by no means restricts himself to the subject of aging. He talks about whatever issues are raised by the texts he's interested in: blood feuds, the collection of debts, etc.
Early in the book Miller half-seriously jokes about his own ADD and his tendency to follow the thread of whatever interests him. But once you've followed this meadering book for a couple of hours, the joke doesn't feel so funny anymore.
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