Issue 8: Aging

Issue 8 shows us that there’s more to aging than meets the eye. Kathryn looks at what we forego as we grow older, considering how our un-lived life affects our lived one. Lydia brings us back into the moment as she explores the ample expectations hung on transitioning from kid to adult. Unfortunately, even adults aren’t always afforded the respect they deserve if they don’t look the age, and Laura shares how this can be particularly fraught with contradictions if you are a woman.

In the sphere of old-age, Christina widens the lens to a scientific tour of how the age we think of ourselves as affects our well-being, and why ageism might have a lot to do with it. Keeping it scientific, Tatianaeducates us about the grandmother hypothesis. No where ready to be a grandmother yet, Joyce‘s poem ushers us into the mile-a-minute thoughts of a woman living through her late twenties in the Big Apple; and Sandra‘s poem prods how obsessing with time can swallow your life whole.

Delving into personal narrative, Anastasia brings us into the fold of a particularly wise older woman, her grandmother, as they discuss the topic everyone avoids. Meanwhile, May‘s photo essay maps her close kinship with her dad over the years, while Julie‘s poem playfully explores a distantly romantic relationship. Finally, Sandra‘s review of Franzen’s novel Purity argues that aging doesn’t have to snuff out idealism.

Table of Contents

The (Un)Lived Life — Kathryn Aedy
Babushka — Anastasia Buyalskaya
The Young and the Feckless — Laura Ellen
Are You There Dad? It’s Me, Margaret — May Clements
Youthanized Science — Christina Pierpaoli
To and Fro, Through the Years We Go — Tatiana Popovitchenko
A Reflection on Ageing — Lydia Stephens

Franzen’s ‘Purity’ Attempts to Squash Idealism — Sandra Tzvetkova

Great Expectations: Fictional Ramblings — Joyce Chung
Living Apart Together — Julie Hogg
Time — Sandra Tzvetkova