'NYT' Sunday Preview: Special Issue on Boomer Life and Sex In the 'Middle Ages'

By: E&P Staff The New York Times Magazine this Sunday takes a very long look at what it calls "The New Middle Ages." Boomers will find much to chew on (if they still have their mental teeth at their age) with articles ranging from TV aimed at them to a Freakonomics column on "leisure gardening."

The magazine's promotion calls it the first issue "solely devoted to the baby-boomer generation." An online version will feature a crossword puzzle with clues supplied by none other than Bill Clinton (a known crossword fanatic).

In print there's a memoir of getting on and off antidepressants in midlife (by Bruce Stutz) and "40 Hours to Total Brain Fitness!" Daphne Merkin admits that "Baby Doomer Exceptionalisn is Not Exceptional" and Stephen S. Hall asks, "Can Science Tell Us Who Grows Wiser?"

Nora Ephron, 65, describes her not-too-painful facial injections to get rid of wrinkles. She admits that books that claim that life gets better past 60, and the "joy of late-life sex," are "garbage." About the only thing good about this "catastrophe" of aging it is not having to shave your legs as much. "Gray hair looks great," she observers, "when you're about 34."

Then there's a piece called "Naked," with 10 people discussing sex when you're "old enough to know better." But it's a bit of tease -- one quote each drawn from a film on this subject by Rachel Dretzin coming to the Times' web site shortly. Stephani Cook, 62, says she and her husband went through a period "of exploring outside relationships" while Lyn Neeley, 57, said, "I could go through my life never having sex again." Wheelchair-bound journalist John Hockenberry says, "You always hear that sex is all in the mnd. And in my situaiton, you discover really that's so very true."


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