Break the "midlife" myth

"MEN joke about being over the hill," the bookstore manager told me. "But underneath, we worry about it."

To prove his point, he handed me a copy of Dave Barry Turns50. Just leafing through the pages had me laughing within seconds. Barry satirizes all the cliched symptoms of the so-called mid life years—from forgetfulness to fascination with obituary pages—and basically decides he's exhibiting all of them! Dave Barry Turns 50 (New York: Ballantine Books, 1998) .

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July 3, 2000
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