People: Personal Preferences

As Britain's Philosopher Bertrand Russell reached 80 this week, the New York Times asked the usual question, got a variation of the usual answer: "I have, I suppose, lived a wholesome life, avoiding every kind of excess and taking abundant exercise. Until the age of 42 I was a teetotaler. But for the last sixty years I have smoked incessantly, stopping only to eat and sleep . . . I have never, except when I was ill, done anything on the ground that it was good for health. I eat what I like and...

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