Book of the week is Erica Jong's funny, irreverent memoirs Seducing the Demon, a brilliant guide for all aspiring writers. On page 205 she writes:
"I think it's almost impossible for a young person
to get into the head of an old person.
If we could the world would never go forward
nor would it change.
The old are perhaps younger in mind than we.
But their bodies have rebelled against them,
and while we still have our eyes,
our legs, our ears, we cannot imagine this.
We think our material selves will last forever.
The old know better.
They know that nothing lasts but words, music and colour.
The rest is just a pile of bones and teeth
and a dark spot in the ground."