Booming: Melancholy Days

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The Summer That Never Was

In middle age, the last days of August bring not just melancholy, but a sense of desolation, as of a possibility lost forever.

The latest record by Keith Richards, now 71, is his first solo outing in 23 years.

Keith Richards on ‘Crosseyed Heart': It’s Solo Rock ‘n’ Roll, but He Likes It | Mr. Richards, at 71, reflects on age, the Rolling Stones and “Crosseyed Heart," his first solo album in 23 years.

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Steve E. Norwitz and Jessica, his daughter, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mr. Norwitz made arrangements with his employer, T. Rowe Price, to ease his way into retirement over several years.

Retiring

Facing Retirement, but Easing Your Way Out the Door | With help from accommodating employers, many would-be retirees are electing to “phase" themselves out of the work force with gradual departures.

Virgin Eyes

A Reluctant Teenager, a Barbershop Quartet and a Revelation | A critic recalls the ultimate arts-consumer experience: Going into a performance expecting nothing, coming out transformed.

Taking Note

‘My Generation Will Never See One Dollar From Social Security’ | “I know that the program will not exist for me," wrote a reader in response to Paul Krugman’s recent column.

Divorcing a Narcissist | Being married to a narcissist can be tough. But it’s even tougher if you try to divorce a narcissist, which is the topic of the latest Well Book Club.

Dora Charles, a former chef for Paula Deen, has written a new cookbook.

Dora Charles Moves On From Paula Deen, and Makes It All About the Seasoning | A cook who worked with the celebrity chef now has her own book, filled with both the flavors and the culture of black life in the South.

Dr. Stephen L. Kopecky at the Mayo Clinic this month with Kathryn Peterson, a patient who has had trouble taking statins.

Mending Hearts

New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol | Doctors find it difficult to ignore patients’ complaints about statins, which are much cheaper, even though clinical trials have found that they have minimal side effects.

Oliver Sacks in 1995. In describing his patients' struggles and sometimes uncanny gifts, Dr. Sacks helped introduce syndromes like Tourette's or Asperger's to a general audience.

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote About the Brain’s Quirks, Dies at 82 | Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," achieving a level of renown rare among scientists.

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Unhitched

Divorce: Share Your Experience | Unhitched, a column appearing in the Vows pages of The New York Times, tells the story of a relationship, from romance to marriage to divorce to life afterward. If you are divorced and you and your ex are willing to be interviewed, please fill out the form at: nytimes.com/weddings.

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