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Oct 28, 2023Liked by Will Leitch

What I remember, at my advanced actual age, which tracks precisely with your 'average current American age of death' (birthdate:10/04/1944-late war baby), is, if my memory serves, Suzanne Somers flirting, at the red light, with Richard Dreyfuss, in the goofy gang's back seat, from her cool racy t-bird in the next lane: *American Graffiti*(1963).

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Now I'm trying to figure out which guitar riff is the one Will refers to here as chucka-chucka-chucka. Cannonball has lots of different guitar sounds going on, some electric, some acoustic, some bass. Pretty great song.

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Oct 29, 2023Liked by Will Leitch

Nate killed it.

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well - I SHOULD write this in a letter, but am afraid that by the time I get to pen/paper I'll FORGET what I want to say which is: " I will only notice it, absorb the impact of it, when someone else my age dies. It’ll be when someone, like, I dunno, Drew Barrymore (who is eight months older than me) dies" - Thing is... as you get older, MORE & MORE people "my age" and even YOUNGER, die & you read about them every day - then come the "tributes & remembrances" & - well... It can be exhausting. Roger Angell said (paraphrasing here..) - it's not that YOU feel "your old age" but when all your "friends/acquaintances" start dying/are dead, it gets awfully lonely & THAT'S one of the real issues dealing with 'aging" even when "healthy".

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Will! Now I feel like I’m knock- knock-knockin’ on heaven’s door....

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In my family, my dad died at 77 and my mom at 83. Three of my siblings died at 61, 69, and 75. I fear that my sister and I won't survive to the age of our parents, despite my doing all I can to be healthy. Cancer sucks.

And did I miss it or did you not mention who won the Spend A Day With Will contest for the book?

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This one didn't cheer me up . It is because I am old. Really old. I have to get up and keep moving. That is how I will get a little older. Also what baseball books said.

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My good friend Jared Paventi writes an exceptional Substack about death. You can find it here, and subscribe if you like what you see: https://jaredpaventi.substack.com/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=substack_profile

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I’m 42 and come from a long line of people with youthful auras and one of the weirdest parts is having people insist I’m not actually my age. Like they expect someone my age to have a walker or not know how to use a cell phone. People always expect it to be a compliment but it’s mostly weird. Aging is so fucking weird!

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