Rolling Stone April 7, 1994
Life on the Duplex Planet
by Richard Gehr

If stand-up sociologist David Greenberger had his way, every school would have to post a sign reading, WHEN YOU GET OLDER, EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT.

Greenberger has been illustrating that axiom since 1979, when he began posing evocative questions like "Which do you prefer, meat or coffee?" and "How close can you get to a penguin?" to the residents of Boston's Duplex Nursing Home, scribbling down their free-range response.

Who invented sitting down? "The man that couldn't stand up" (Bernie Reagan). What can you tell me about the Beatles? "I can't remember that far back! I used to go to musicals in New York. There's no place like New York - my father said that, and his daughter says it now" (Edna Hemion).

Greenberger published the hilarious and moving results in The Duplex Planet, a modest, on-going 'zine, the best of which is now available as a book of the same title (Faber and Faber). In addition a Duplex Planet comic series (Fantagraphics), card set (Kitchen Sink), CD (East Side Digital) and video (Gravita International) all lend multimedia voice to this chorus of elders. On stage, NRBQ keyboardist Terry Adams punctuates Greenberger's touring monologue with Ellington interludes.

"We're taught that 18 to 25 are the glory years," says Greenberger, 39. "I'm trying to give a name, a face and a character to the phenomenon of aging."