The Art of Living

In the Art of Living, we present the work of artists – writers, photographers, visual artists, composers and singers and jazz players, some better known than others– who have created beautiful work about the notions that pass through our heads in The Third Act, like the passing of time; the sorrow, uncertainty and pleasure of old age; about dying and immortality and love and passion; and about the need for friends. And we have now produced and completed Season One of Five Wise Guys, a video series of 8 episodes in which five older men, aged 69-84, share with one another what’s going on in our lives – often in great hilarity.

Throughout all the material is the theme that you “don’t die till you’re dead.” We may be closer to the end, but there’s a hell of a lot we can still imagine and accomplish –and fun to be had.

Let us know what’s going on in with you by sharing comments after any material in The Art of Living that has particular meaning for you. It will help guide us in the selection of fresh content every week.

 

The Art of Living

I guess it’s time to talk about it. At eighty-five there is no refuting my turn on the deathbed; it is inevitable; my time will come. And for sure, no one my age can pretend they haven’t thought about it, either fearfully or blithely. Most of my life, not being a religious person, I thought […]

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Photo by Stefania Rosini   The late Harry Dean Stanton was the ultimate character actor. He’s given us 60-plus years of acting credits across film and television from cameos to supporting roles, but rarely the full blown lead. His biggest role, in terms of screen time, was Wim Wenders‘ lyrical Paris, Texas about a man who seeks atonement for his sins […]

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I like a good story-poem, always have. “The Ballad of William Sycamore” by Stephen Vincent Benet is an old favorite. So is “Gus the Theatre Cat” from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’. Confessional poetry can be tricky. There’s always a chance the poet is going to tell us a little too much.  Confessional […]

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As actors, the Wise Guys read from work that address issues of life in The Third Act.  Bob reads the role of the Dutch orchestra maestro Mengelburg from Danny Klein’s play, Mengelburg and Mahler; Sam performs a speech from I’m Not Rappaport , by Herb Gardner; and Matt reads a poem by Buff Whitman-Bradley called “Third Cousins,” that speaks […]

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