In a Me Too world, is it worth exploring the power dynamics that exist when an older man pursues a much younger woman? Memoirist Joyce Maynard thinks so. Salinger when he was 52 and she was an year-old aspiring writer. Their love story was short-lived. After writing about the affair in a book published in , Maynard was labeled a leech and an opportunist by the literary world.
I immediately recognized him as the stereotypical member of my own age group: The Guy Who is Irritated by Everything. As we continued walking down the pavement, I made a silent resolution to myself: I will never allow myself to become a Grumpy Old Man. But in order to keep this resolution, I needed to look into some of the reasons that and something men turn into Oscar the Grouch. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is understandable — terrifyingly understandable — why men my age start to turn sour. Most of us have spent our lives taking pride in at least some aspect of our physical capacities.
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There seems to be a gender imbalance, vis-a-vis the packaging thing. All the women I know are tolerant of middle age showing itself in a chap. We quite like a late flowering, in fact: the silvering, the smile lines, the coming of bodily sturdiness. We read these as signs that life has been lived and enjoyed.