In TRAVELS WITH EPICURUS: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life
Daniel Klein follows in the footsteps of another intellectual giant. The 73-year-old Klein plants himself on the island of Hydra on a quest “to figure out the most satisfying way to live this stage of my life.” Klein comes armed with a copy of the Greek philosopher Epicurus’ “Art of Happiness,” which views old age as the “pinnacle of life” and urges those in their later years to slow down, surrender their competitive instincts and savor the joys of being alive.
Sitting on the terrace of a taverna and meandering up steep mountain paths, Klein easily adjusts to the Epicurean rhythms of rural Greek life: “Moving slowly has a grace to it that I find I can easily settle into. I feel fluent in slow motion.” He mocks the “forever young movement,” the tendency of many people to cling to their youth through breast implants or testosterone patches, and advises them not to dwell on the prospect of what he calls “old old age,” when the body and mind disintegrate. “Perhaps authentic old age,” he writes in this often insightful meditation, “can consist of neither the breathless ambition of the forever youngster nor . . . unremitting despair . . . but something meaningful in itself.”
Daniel Martin Klein (born 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, and humor. His most notable work is Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar co-written with Thomas Cathcart. It was a New York Times bestseller and is translated into 26 languages.
Klein went to school at Harvard College where he received a B.A. in philosophy. After a brief career in television comedy, he began writing books, ranging from thrillers and mysteries to humorous books about philosophy. He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to Freke Vuijst, American correspondent for the Dutch newsweekly, 'Vrij Nederland'.
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