February 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
Two blogs ago I criticized a journalist, Carl Hartman, once he wrote that living alone in older age was “necessarily” sadder than living alone in younger age. He was reviewing Klinenberg’s Going Solo as an Associate Press correspondent. His piece was published by USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle.
To my surprise, Carl Hartman was a 95-year old man living alone, a widower since 2005. Hartman died last Sunday alone in his home in Washington – his body was discovered three days later by a friend. His only daughter lives in France. Hartman was a member of “the secret city of those who live and die alone,” to quote Klinenberg’s Heat Wave. When Hartman typed that living alone in older age was “necessarily” sadder than in younger age, perhaps he was thinking to himself.