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 […]Read More How to Become Immortal
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.
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 […]Read More ‘Lucky’: A Fitting Swan Song for Harry Dean Stanton
Check out the official trailer for “Five Wise Guys,” a new show about a group of older men who kibitz about life in The Third Act!Read More Five Wise Guys Official Trailer
Danny sends Matt to his “safe place” in this hilarious clip from “Five Wise Guys.” Photo: Slate.comRead More Clip: Five Wise Guys ‘Stuffed Animals’
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 […]Read More Third Cousins
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 […]Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 8: Season Finale — Great Performances
The guys share memories and conjectures about their fathers. Plus an hilariously adolescent recounting of boyhood relationships with stuffed animals.Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 7 “Fathers and Sons”
The Wise Guys cover a lot of territory. Like what they can do better now than when they were younger. How letting yourself off the hook comes a little more easily these days. And wondering, “what’s next?” Tune in. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 6 “Moving Ahead”
The future. Self-striving. Accepting the confines imposed by the realities of aging –these are the subjects that dominate the conversation of this great episode. As you expect, nothing escapes the wit of the Wise Guys. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 5 “What’s Left?”
The wise guys talk about profound loss, memories of major events and people from their younger lives. As always, someone cracks wise and gets the whole bunch laughing and feeling lighter. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 4 “Tales of the Third Act”