John Blumenthal, Novelist, screenwriter, and former “Playboy” magazine editor
If the design had been more adept, life might be a painless, disease-free frolic, brought to a humane close. Think of how many hours we might have used for more pleasant pastimes than perusing ancient copies of golfing magazines in an internist’s waiting room.
You mean, like H.G. Wells’s beautiful, useless Eloi in The Time Machine? At least Wells had the good sense not to pretend that they were an improvement.
Yup, Darwin was right and Bachmann (who is 55) is wrong. We are nothing more than products of random evolutionary mutation. The design of the human body might seem pretty grand if you’re 20, but for the over-50 group, it could have used a rewrite.
Surprisingly, in real life, many over-50s are perfectly happy with their bodies; one thing about being older is that you know your body much better than you did when you were young.
But we must hope Blumenthal writes way, way more of this stuff.