Our Autumn Years Not Golden But Interesting
Cartoons From the Front Lines of the Battle Against Aging
The elderly are often seen as physical and mental “basket cases” –– pathetic and ridiculous. They face a medical profession that lacks patience, young people who lack tolerance and families who patronize them.
Not funny, right? But what if the elderly “do not go gentle into that good night” and instead come out swinging? That’s what the feisty elderly people do in the droll new book of cartoons and aphorisms, “Our Autumn Years: Not Golden But Interesting.”
Drawing on his medical background and the skills of top cartoonists, Art Hartz shows the elderly have the same variation, complexity and novelty as everyone else –– except in larger doses. Anyone with interest in aging should enjoy this insightful, spirited and compassionate humor book.
Winners and Losers
Heretical Cartoons about the American Religion of Winning
The national creed in the U.S. –– “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” has all kinds of intended and unintended consequences. Or, as an aphorism in Winners and Losers puts it: “We are great because we must be number one. We are miserable because we must be number one.” This book of witty cartoons and aphorisms by Art Hartz, a former medical researcher, fleshes out the details of the paradox in this aphorism in everyday life and shows just how deeply the culture of winning and losing determines our self-esteem and relationships with our co-workers, friends and family. Great gift for all those in your life who face daily the pressures to achieve the thrill of victory and cushion the agony of defeat.
Love And Marriage
Cartoons About Imperfect People Managing Their Most Important Relationship
This book shows the poignant and hilarious struggles to make love and marriage work despite genetic drives and culture that are poorly designed for intimate relationships. What brings us together in a romantic relationship is sexual attractiveness. The traits needed for the relationship to survive —respect, commitment, empathy and tolerance — are given low priority for choosing partners. Our lack of ability to get past the exteriors of the person we are dating continues after marriage. For example, in one cartoon, a man who finds the athletic ability of basketball players inspirational sees nothing special about his wife heroically juggling children, home and bills. On the other hand, there is a a woman in a happy marriage who says: “His tolerances perfectly match my deficiencies.”
How Hard Could That Be
The human psyche and society are constructed so that we absolutely have to have friends. They help us, we help them; they like us; we like them. When we don’t like them, we painlessly move on to someone we do like. If anything is set up for success, that is it. The only sand in the gears is that we are all screwed up. Our own ego needs and inability to consider the ego needs of others continually create dissatisfaction in relationships and creates distance from others. This book examines relationship friction in the way that is insightful, humorous, and kind. We are sympathetic to these creatures who know what they should do and want to do but can’t quite pull it off.
Clearly when it comes to relationships, we need to have a better understanding of our values, communication and tolerance. This book of wry humor can help.