"During the 1950s, the academic world was full of people who drank too much," Gass says. "The parties were cocktail parties and pretty potent. Now, there are dinners with nice wines."
Roth retires but Wolfe, Wouk among authors past 80 →
Gass says that he had heart problems a few years ago and may well have died without receiving stents, a procedure unavailable before the 1980s.
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