Still Alive: A Temporary Condition

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A whimsical memoir of the author's first seventy years recounts the experiences that shaped his outlook and philosophies about living life to its fullest, in an account that also describes his enjoyment of life during his senior years.

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Herbert Gold was born and raised in Cleveland, but rose to national fame with his roman ^ clef Fathers. Both a longtime chronicler of and participant in the Beat movement, he lives in San Francisco.

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Known best for his novel Fathers (1991) and chronicler of the Beats in his adopted city of San Francisco, veteran writer Gold now confronts aging with warmth, humor, and a trace of angst. Once a peace demonstrator in Earth shoes, now eightyish, Gold wryly recalls the early 1970s pseudo-Edenic “democracy of flowerdom,” which includes fascistic prescriptions for freedom and reform. He is equally spiky when recounting a friend’s unexpected reunion with a long-lost love apparently unchanged over four decades: “Prostate surgeries and hysterectomies are not immediately visible at art gallery openings.” And after all, “we cannot be indicted for fraud, nor . . . sentenced to anything but sleepless dreaming for lying to ourselves.” Breezily charming, Gold captivates in this tour de force with witticisms on memories of time past, then switches gears and grows reflective, citing the deaths of friends and reciting their names in a roll call of mourning, noting, “I’ve learned to go to the movies and to hike alone; it’s harder to learn to laugh alone.” --Whitney Scott

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