In his newest book, the Thurber-prize winning author interviews elder celebrities (among them Norman Mailer and LSD pioneer Ram Dass), reads deathbed confessions, Lao Tzu, William Burroughs' diaries, and considers the latest medical research on the brain as part of his quest to glean wisdom from the old (and wise) among us.
Henry Alford the author of two acclaimed works of investigative humor: Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top and Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times and Vanity Fair, and a staff writer at Spy. He has also written for The New Yorker, GQ, New York, Details, Harper's Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, the Village Voice, and Paris Review.
Sandra Tsing Loh, a writer and a performer, is the author of Mother on Fire, a comic memoir of her struggle to find a school in Los Angeles for her child to attend. She has been a regular commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition" and Ira Glass' "This American Life." American Public Media's "Marketplace" broadcasts her monthly segment, "The Loh Down." She is also a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly.
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