I have worked for The New York Times for more than 12 years. The Times has always held a special magic for me and I wanted to work there ever since I was a child.  I have also worked at Rolling Stone Magazine, the Washington Post and the late, great New York Newsday. I went to Cornell University and then got my master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In Our Prime, published by Scribner, is my first book.


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  1. Good afternoon Patricia Cohen
    I read your article in the Times on Thursday and thought it was great as I am very interested in mapping. I curated an exhibition, Mapping the Cityscape, which is up at the Center for Architecture until the end of August. We just had 5 programs on different approaches to mapping from mapping risk to mapping manhattan which included several presentations which use gis mapping to understand the archeology of place. They are being edited to post online, but I wish that I had known of your interest so that you could have joined us as a panelist or moderator. We collaborated with NYPL, Oasis, NYU New Media Lab, the Environmental Simulation Lab and Columbia Spatial Information Design Lab on the exhibition with everyone from Public Art collections, the City of Pittsburgh to the Office of Emergency Management on the programs. To introduce myself to you, I’m an architect and President of CultureNOW which is a non profit; we’re currently creating a ‘museum without walls’ or an acoustiguide to place which blends the built environment with what happened in a place, or the history with public art or the insertions. It’s live on the iPhone (we got a prize in the NYC Big App 2.0 contest) and will be on the Android early next week.
    Abby Suckle
    212 604 0900


  2. Dear Patty Cohen,
    I’ve been writing about aging and ageism for a while now, with a focus on why Americans are so ambivalent about the prospect of longer lives. I think it’s largely due to ageism, both internalized and in the culture at large, and that people are largely unaware of it. As you can see from my response to your op-ed last January (http://www.stayingvertical.com/?q=node/319), I’ve encountered myths and themes about late life similar that resonate with those you describe around mid-life – only way grimmer, natch. If you think it would be interesting to get together and compare notes, please contact me. I’ve developed a 40-minute talk about why we should wake up to the ageist messages around us that frame 2/3 of our life as decline, cheer up, and push back. and who knows – it might work well with one of your talks.
    with best wishes,

    • I absolutely agree that ageism is a powerful force in our culture…It’s important for younger people to hear the message from older people that it’s not so bad….Studies show that young people have a much more negative view of aging than the people who are going through it.
      Take care.

  3. I’ve always been interested in stories about the middle-ages. Fact is, King Richard was one of my favorite characters! Then one day, I woke up and discovered that I was a middle-age man, and the middle-ages took on a whole new meaning … (rats … and I don’t mean ordinary rats, either). I’m glad that Scribner published your book (this means we have something in common). I just wish you had written about the middle-ages earlier … before I joined the AARP. Maybe I’ll be on-time for your next book if you stay on the subject. After all, 65 is the new 45, right? Oh, you may not think so now little missy, but just wait. You’ll see.
    Best of luck with all of your novel ideas, the world is a better place with writers like you in it.

  4. Dear Patricia,

    Have you ever heard of a documentary on jewish poverty ?


    There’s a huge taboo on this question.
    Most media outlets are ignoring us…
    Maybe with your help ? 🙂


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