August 04, 2009

"How has old age changed you? What's the main thing that it's altered in your life?"

Jack Gilbert:
"Romance. You can still play at it, but when you get into your sixties -- even your fifties -- romance seems a little bit silly. After people get to be thirty, generally speaking, they don't want excitement. The glands might flutter up every once in a while, but basically I think people want to be comfortable. To be sexual takes a lot of work. One of the difficulties, I think, is that when you look in the mirror it's hard to think of yourself as romantic."
From "The Paris Review Interviews" vol. 1