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Julian Dibbell

  1. Back of the House
    Monkeys Ape Our Reporter in the ‘Times’The Times reports today that rhesus monkeys live longer when starved on the bizarre Calorie Restriction program that Julian Dibbell subjected himself to in last week’s issue of New York. Responding to the piece in the magazine, we devised our own reduced-calorie diet (in which we would limit ourselves to just one White Castle burger at breakfast, among other items) and Adam Platt described how he attempts to stay thin (no mention of sliders). But having seen how unhappy that healthy old rhesus looks, we’re having second thoughts about limiting ourselves to four tater tots at a time. We realize that the moral, as the Times seems to suggest, is that Calorie Restriction is for the monkeys. We wholeheartedly agree. One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life [NYT]