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Friday, June 30, 2017

9 Best-Selling Beach Reads from the 1960s


One of the great pleasures of summer is curling up with a juicy page-turner on the sand. There's a reason they call certain books "beach reads." No decade was more beach obsessed than the 1960s, when surf music rocked the radio and Annette Funicello did the bingo on her beach blanket. 
However, our taste in literature that decade was far more highbrow. Names like J.D. Salinger, Saul Bellow, John le CarrĂ©, Chaim Potok, Gore Vidal and William Faulkner filled Publishers Weekly's Top 10 bestsellers charts in the 1960s, while few authors could match the selling power of James A. Michener's epics. But there was definitely some sugar mixed in with the fiber of our literary diet.
We looked through the New York Times Best Seller Lists for Fiction from the summer months of the 1960s to find some beach books that modern readers might want to dig up.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

5 Films by The Fab 4


The Beatles left an indelible mark on pop culture with their legacy of stellar songs. But their output was not confined to music. From 1964 to 1970, they also created five movies – each distinctly different, each undeniably Beatlesque, all eminently watchable. 

It is incredibly fun to see their individual personas play out on the silver screen. As band members, we all thought we knew them. John was the genius. No, Paul was the genius. (Discuss!) George was the brooding humanitarian and Ringo, the charming goofball. Is this how they came across in their movies? Let’s see…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Classic Rock Recalled by World's Most Famous Groupie


Pamela Des Barres and I have met before. It was 1987 and I was two. My mother, through her job with an apartment rental company, had become acquainted with Pamela's then soon-to-be-ex-husband, the actor and musician Michael Des Barres. She babysat the couple's son a few times and scored an autographed copy of Pamela's just-released memoir, I'm With The Band. A brief encounter to be sure, but Miss Pamela, as she's known to those who know her, laughs when I tell her the story and says, "everything comes full circle, doesn't it."

That holds true for the professional life of Miss Pamela, too: I'm With The Band, a book that detailed her connections, romantic and otherwise, to musical acts as famous and as varied as Led Zeppelin and the Flying Burrito Brothers, turns thirty this year, but she hasn't frozen in time: Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir, out now from TarcherPerigree, is her fifth book, and an extension of the writing workshops she started teaching in Los Angeles a dozen years ago. I'm With The Band is many things: a story about bands, a piece of history and a living, breathing chronicle of a woman's interior life (Des Barres kept a diary for years and was able to reconstruct scenes and feelings from her own words and her extraordinarily precise memory).

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Hottest Startup Market Is Now the Baby Boomers


Boris Mordkovich, a 30-year-old serial entrepreneur, had never considered developing products for the aging baby boomer market. One day, however, he saw that his parents had started using an electric bike that his brother Yevgeniy had modified for his wife and himself.
“Electric bikes are an equalizer,” said Mr. Mordkovich, who has also owned a software company and a small-business magazine. “They let the rider decide how much or how little they will pedal.”
This year, he said, Evelo, the electric bike company that he founded with his brother, will double its revenue to $4 million, and it is profitable. “There’s no shortage of potential customers,” he added.
The company is just one of many that are plugging into a wealthy slice of the over-50 demographic called the longevity market, whose annual economic activity currently amounts to $7.6 trillion, according to AARP.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Story of Cher's Life, Loves, and Career Is Headed to Broadway


The Cher Show, a musical based on the life, loves and career of singer, actress and style icon Cher, is headed to Broadway in 2018, she confirmed June 6 on Twitter.
“Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical,” Cher, 71, tweeted. “There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It’ll[be] on Broadway 2018.”
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For Some Baby Boomers, It's Back to Summer Camp



Linda Levy jumped at the opportunity to attend Camp Meraki near Austin, Texas.
As a kid she went to summer camp every year and later she worked as a camp nurse at multiple camps. “That is my happy place,” said the 68-year-old retired nurse who now works in retail.
The program, which was run by Aging Is Cool, an Austin, Texas-based group that organizes social and physical activities for retirees, was like the summer camps she attended as a kid in many ways. There was a set schedule, campers slept in community bunks — although this time with air conditioning — and at meal time “you ate what was in front of you,” Levy said. Along with her husband, Levy participated in everything from canoeing and archery to tie-dyeing t-shirts and making crafts.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

British Baby Boomers Are Roaring Into Their 70s


Former politician Edwina Currie giggles as she thinks of how she frequently enjoys embarrassing her children. 
Actress Amanda Barrie likes to wear skinny jeans and heels, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen does star jumps while watching television.

They were the generation that hoped they’d die before they got old. They made Britain cool and denigrated their elders as fuddy-duddies. But now the Baby Boomers are getting older, they want to reinvent that too.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Why Time Seems to Speed Up As We Get Older


If it feels like you raced through 2016, you’re not alone.
It’s generally true that the older you are, the more quickly time seems to pass. Studies show that age and experiences affect the way time is perceived.
“If you’re 6 years old, all experiences are new and exciting: You make a new friend; it’s your first day of first grade. All these things are landmarks,” says Art Markman, a psychology professor at the University of Texas, Austin. “When you’re 60, there’s a lot of routine in life. You go to the same restaurants and have the same friends. All of these are fun, but your brain does not see the need for all these distinct landmarks and now the year seems like it flew by." 
Markman explores this idea of time speeding up with age in his 2016 book Brain Briefs: Answers to the Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind, which he coauthored with Bob Duke.
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