Lastingness: The Art of Old Age

Man of letters Nicholas Delbanco, himself nearly seventy years young, turns his keen sensibility to the matter of old age, finding in the lives of a variety of famous creators secrets to maintaining vitality of mind and soul as the years add up.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…