New Rush Hour of Life, Food in Exile, and a Movie Painter

Curated by CLAI

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere” — Frank A. Clark

NEW RUSH HOUR OF LIFE: The modern 40s are so busy it’s hard to assess them. Researchers describe the new “rush hour of life,” when career and child-rearing peaks collide. Today’s 40ish professionals are the DITT generation: double income, toddler twins. The “old age of youth” is coined by Victor Hugo. You’re still reasonably young, but that everything is declining: health, fertility. We still have time for a second act, but we’d better get moving on it.


  • It turns out that I wasn’t supposed to spend my 20s frantically looking for a husband; I should have been building my career and enjoying my last gasp of freedom. I then spent my 30s ruminating on grievances accumulated in my 20s.
  • There are no soul mates. In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time.
  • More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95% cohort, 5% unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief.
  • When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend.
  • •When you’re unsure if it’s a woman or a man, it’s a woman.


Man Dining with Radish

Man Dining with Radish (Nigel Buchanan)

EXILED FOOD: Are there really foods that we don’t like, or just foods that we haven’t liked yet? And are we cheating ourselves as we ceaselessly expand our culinary horizons with new tastes by not circling back to old ones? I increasingly suspect that the greatest pleasures-in-waiting aren’t in some foreign land or fringe neighborhood. They’re right in front of us, if only we’d be adventurous enough to give the ingredients we’ve exiled a chance to return to our plates.
Appetite isn’t just or even mainly physiological. It’s psychological. Emotional. It’s a function of expectation, emulation, adaptation.

MOVIE PAINTER: Vasilis Dimitriou, 78, is the last movie billboard painter in Greece. Each poster takes three to four days to complete, and Mr. Dimitriou paints one to two a week.

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