Grow Up!

To the Editor:

I congratulate your celebration of “The Power Geezers” [Dec. 19]. The issue conveyed a critical message about the continued value and vitality of those too often considered “old.” By focusing on individuals who are strong, vigorous, smart and powerful, you demonstrate an important point that the “younger generations” have to absorb.

Just as we learned that everyone over 30 is not the enemy, so we have to realize that everyone over 70 is not “over the hill.”

There is a “however” to my praise, though: the term Geezer. Its connotations are negative and inappropriate for the people you profile … and it even sounds ugly.

In my work and writing about people somewhat younger than those you describe—the generation born between the Depression and the end of World War II—I use the term Grownup.

New York Grownups—probably a substantial percentage of your readers—are an interesting, neglected group. Some are facing retirement, which often involves major life changes: new businesses, freeing their creative drives, volunteering in their communities or anywhere in the world, or going to school. They’re in better shape and more youthful than those who came before—although less obsessed with themselves and their appearance than those who came after.

It’s time to look at Grownups!

Patricia Rich


Hollow Man

To the Editor:

I’m sorry that Brett Sokol didn’t have the opportunity to visit us or the Moore Space during Art Basel [“Where the ‘It’ Boys Are,” The Transom, Dec. 12]. The Moore Space has a fantastic installation by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, curated by Christine Macel, curator of Contemporary Art at the Pompidou, and another wonderful installation by Bozidar Brazda. Unfortunately, the press has focused too much on “money and power” and not enough on the art experience itself. This may well be a reflection of the hollow state of the art world today. Let us hope that once again we can return to the true art experience.

Rosa de la Cruz

Miami Letters