Travels With Epicurus

A Journey To A Greek Island In Search Of A Fulfilled Life

by Daniel Klein

Travels With Epicurus

Hardcover, 164 pages, Penguin Books, List Price: $20 | purchase

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A Journey To A Greek Island In Search Of A Fulfilled Life
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The co-author of Plato and a Platypus describes how he journeyed to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books in order to learn how to achieve a fulfilling old age, explaining how he came to regard old age as a valuable life stage filled with simple and heady pleasures.

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It wasn't a major event or crisis-inspired epiphany that led Daniel Klein to consider how to spend his old age; rather, it was a trip to the dentist. Confronted with the choice to spend a year of painful dentist visits and thousands of dollars on implants to avoid "an old man's goofy smile," Klein decides instead to go to Greece and ponder how to enjoy an "authentic old age" — one that doesn't involve pain or the "youth implants" that came to symbolize the American desire to stay forever

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