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When David Greenberg graduated from art school he knew he wanted to work with the elderly--this book explains why. David asked his friends at the nursing home such questions as "Would you rather have a dizzy spell or stub your toe?"; "What is sleep?"; "Who is Frankenstein?"; "Why do people yell?"; "What is embarrassment?"; and "What can robots do?" He wrote down their odd, often unconnected answers and published them in his zine, Duplex Planet, from which he collected the extracts reprinted in this book. While at times it seems that sport is being made of the mental drift of the elderly, at other times the nursing home residents are shown to be sharp and witty, or sad and reflective. The book, which promises cheap laughs, actually delivers a variety of strong emotions, and at the same time offers a balanced portrayal of aging that doesn't shy away from its more frightening aspects.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571198147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571198146
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
'Duplex Planet' can be read all the way through or in a flip-and-read manner. It is the kind of book that makes an excellent coffee table conversation piece. You will want to share it with your friends and family; but, don't make the same mistake I did - don't give your copy away, or you'll end up, like me, having to buy another copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Burton on April 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Yeah that's a quote from Milhouse on The Simpsons...
but he's right. Old folks have a lot to say and finally someone took the time to listen and write it all down. I've been a huge fan of Duplex Planet as a zine. It's nice to read a simple, Xeroxed mag with quotes from all kinds of old people who've already pretty much seen it all.
But instead of dwelling on the past, you might be surprised to see that a lot of the questions they're asked regard the present:
"What's your favorite monster movie?"
"How can you tell someone's a genius?"
"What's more important: romance or food?"
The answers are always honest, blunt and sometimes truly hilarious.
Check out this book, then the comics series and of course the zine. ...
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By S. J. Dwinnell-Smith on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book just made me smile. I bought it a few years ago, but needless to say, the older I get the more I love it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
preferably aloud, as a kind of modern scherezade, but ten times longer and a lot less one-sided
or maybe it should be set to music
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