The architect of Marlon Brando's Tahitian retreat returns to find Moorea is still Paradise

In 1970, as a young architect hired to design a hotel in French Polynesia, I found myself on Moorea, a high island an hour’s ferry ride from Tahiti.  Little did I know that I was about to embark on a journey that would alter my life, and that my future held hundreds of trips back to these captivating islands as well as a deep and rewarding friendship with Marlon Brando, with whom I worked...

Columbia Professor Michael Friedman explains why Art matters as we age

Are you wondering what you will do if and when you retire or no longer have time-consuming family responsibilities?  Are you already retired and bored, lonely, or finding that time slips away without getting much accomplished?  Are you feeling a loss of meaning in your life?  Doing art—whether music, visual art, writing, acting, pottery, etc.—is a viable solution.

The Revolution will be Televised
Alec Garland's Ex Machina hits all the right buttons. It's a thrilling tale, a provocative inquiry, and a gorgeously rendered, superbly acted movie. is changing the game

As a painter and photographer I've been told that I have a great eye. If true, I probably inherited it from my dad, who was a wonderful photographer, and my mum, who was a painter and owner of one of America’s first galleries of American crafts. If you like the look of Realize, (the aesthetic, and many of the photographs and...

Meritocracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines

 I for one welcome our new computer overlords. -- Ken Jennings, former Jeopardy champion

Or merely subjective

“Sleepy Dave” Stevens was hands down the most boring teacher at Williston Academy, a boys boarding school, the fall of my senior year, 1965. “Silly Putty” (aka “Herr Putnam”), our German teacher, was a close second, but “Sleepy Dave’s” 8:30 English class was where we boys learned how to feign attentiveness as we strained to fight the leaden weight of our eyelids, our heads bowed as though in...

You're never too old to throw one on..

Once again, Realize takes style matters into our own hands.  Moto jackets are all the rage… but Hello; we’ve been sporting them forever!  So we asked our contributors to girl up and get themselves photographed in their leather jackets: vintage, brand new or borrowed from boys.  There are as many ways to wear them as there are adaptations of them.  Get wild, ladies!

Risking Life and Limb, our Fearless Editrix rides and films the streets of Amsterdam.
Short and sweet here, since my video says it all; the best way to catch the vibe of Amsterdam is on TWO WHEELS!
One man's quest to keep wine clubs alive
When it comes to enjoying one of our favorite libations, Greg Klein prefers to keep tech out of the tasting experience.

I broke up with my girlfriend a while ago. It was very painful – we had different religious beliefs: she was an atheist and, at the time, I thought I was God.

Many years ago, I was a standup comic who mostly did weird little conceptual bits. I only had one joke – that one. It got good reactions, maybe because it takes a moment to decipher: “She’s an atheist, he thinks he’s God, so...

What the Amsterdammers know - video interviews

In the short week I spent in Amsterdam last autumn, I approached four Amsterdammers and asked them one simple question...  watch them respond.

Lovely, open people all.  I wonder, would I get the same reception in L.A.?  Well, maybe if I spoke Dutch...



Part 1: Our Genomes, Ourselves, Our Ancestors

Im an Addict

Exploring the science behind 'Grain Brain'

I wanted to believe Dr. Perlmutter; I really did.

My kitchen is the scene of ongoing dietary clashes between my cardiologist spouse and my 26-year-old paleo-enthusiast son. Our shelves are stocked with a schizophrenic mix of whey protein powder, low-fat granola, coconut oil, Ghee, and Greek yogurt.  Both of these guys can be quite persuasive. What’s a woman...

A photographer who makes you stop and think

I chose Santiago Vanegas as the first Saatchi artist to feature on Realize because, though I often find contemporary photography to be facile or hackneyed, his work forces me to stop and look, and look again.  Not only is his subject matter arresting, but his technique is stunning.  

An intimate video discussion with his friend and biographer, Barry Miles
Miles reveals a very different Burroughs than one would expect. What is commonly known about Burroughs is his wild, discursive writing style and the sensational homicide of his wife; what Miles brings to light is that while this event became a dark and visceral shadow for Burroughs, it also became an animating force, one which fueled his later writing career.
When childhood memories and imagination collide
The wonders of growing up never really leave us. Ricketts recalls her wondrous childhood on the shores of Lake Michigan.
And how sex and age play into the process

Like everyone on the planet over the age of 50, with the possible exception of the Unabomber, I’ve had more than a few romantic relationships. I was married for 11 years, engaged for one, partnered with a lovely woman for five, and had a few shorter dalliances along the way.

How painter Joni Wehrli conquers acrophobia swinging high in the air

When I learned a good friend of a good friend of mine, who happens to be well over 50, had been flying on a trapeze, weekly, over the past decade, I knew I had to witness it and then show the good readers of Realize that things you never thought possible at our age can be done with agility and grace.  Joni Wehrli gives us a voyeuristic thrill and talks about how the...

Recognized as a top innovator in the field of aging, Bill Thomas is a live wire!
BOOMERS ~ You got what it takes to be an Elder? Watch this video interview and find out. Dr. Bill Thomas, 'one of WSJ's top 12 innovators' changing the future of retirement talks with Realize Magazine's editor Ellary Eddy.