Rosenblatt describes the short book (only 140 pages), which began with a column he wrote for Modern Maturity, as a "little guide intended for people who wish to age successfully, or at all." He adds that "growing older is as much an art as it is a science, and it requires fewer things to do than not to do."
Ranging from the fatalistic (rule 1: "It doesn't matter") to the highly practical (rule 26: "Never go to a cocktail party and, in any case, do not stay more than 20 minutes"), rule 2 best illustrates the tone for much of what follows ("Nobody is thinking about you"):
Yes, I know, you are certain that your friends are becoming your enemies; that your grocer, garbage man, clergyman, sister-in-law, and your dog are all of the opinion that you have put on weight, that you have lost your touch, that you have lost your mind; furthermore, you are convinced that everyone spends two-thirds of every day commenting on your disintegration, denigrating your work, plotting your assassination. I promise you: Nobody is thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves--just like you.
Other notables include "Let bad enough alone" (rule 3), "Stay clear of anyone--other than a clergyman--who refers to God more than once in an hour" (rule 8), "Do not attempt to improve anyone, especially when you know it will help" (rule 29), "The unexamined life lasts longer" (rule 40), "Change no more than one-eighth of your life at a time" (rule 48), and "The game is played away from the ball" (rule 55). Nowhere will you find talk of antioxidants or exercise or anything resembling a detox program. Rosenblatt is no health nut, and there is already plenty of material available on that. What you will encounter instead is a gifted writer clearly enjoying his craft, making this slim volume a welcome poke at and departure from the more predictable antiaging fare. --Patrick Jennings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book will explain how to grow older with less stress and live with lower expectations,thus making aging a lot more fun.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne M
There are many truths in this interesting book, many that you will recognize as old friends. You should realize this before you get to the chapter that describes Steve Jobs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Hansen
A book that should be give to High School graduates, and to yourself.
Read it, and then re-read it annually.
I nice gift. Good short read. Some very good rules but some not as interesting.Published 5 months ago by W. S. Mohn
Almost mean spirited at times and not particularly witty. Shallow and lacking insight. Or maybe I am just a cranky old lady...Nyhh that's not it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juditha712@yahoo