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Editor's Letter

Magazine article Out

Editor's Letter

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Whenever I tell people I'd like to live forever, or at least for a very, very long time...

...they look at me pityingly. Poor deluded soul, they seem to be thinking. Why is he trying to deny the inevitable? And, of course, they are right. Or mostly right. I sometimes think that from the moment I was born, my goal in life has been to not die. It's an ambitious goal, yes, but like many gay men I am susceptible to the fiction that we can thwart time. Although I can see middle age clearly in the distance, I wear denial very comfortably. I don't believe in God, or in the afterlife. As far as I'm concerned, all life is here, and I've no intention of going gently into that night. So I am glad to know that people are working on my dilemma, helping to slow down-if not yet reverse-the aging process. There is, certainly, narcissism implicit in our demand for lotions and potions that maintain the bloom of youth long after biology has ceased to do the job, but taking care of our bodies is just common sense. While certain gurus at the vanguard of life-extension science, such as Ray Kurzweil, claim we are close to cracking the secret to immortality, our 18-page A-Z guide [page 46] takes a less grandiose approach, focusing on nothing more drastic than good diet, fitness, and mental health.

Although we've given free rein to our whimsies-such that unicorns and Don Quixote make their way on to the list-the aim is to provide practical advice to help you start the year as you mean to go on. (What do you mean you're not interested in how to "vacuum kiss"? …

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