It all started the day David Greenberger took a job in a nursing home. Fresh out of college, he had a fine arts degree in painting. On the day he met the residents of the home, "I made a conscious decision that I would stop painting," Greenberger says. "This was my art."
Life (Part 2) talks to Greenberger about his hundreds of conversations with old people. These conversations became The Duplex Planet, a small, homemade magazine created in 1979. Since then, The Duplex Planet has evolved into books, comic books, CDs, radio plays, and a website. His aim has been to show old people as human beings, not just repositories of their memories or the wisdom of the ages. "The elderly are treated as if they are broken," he observes. "They need to be accepted for who they are."
Greenberger has also done a number of commentaries about his work for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He offers this: "The men and women whose individualities expose the myths of aging are not extraordinary. They are typical in their unique humanness."