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Lyn Slater (AKA the Accidental Icon) on How To Be Old — That’s Not My Age
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Lyn Slater (AKA the Accidental Icon) on How To Be Old — That’s Not My Age

Lyn Slater photographed by Calvin Lom


Lyn Slater and I’ve met a number of instances over time, in New York – and he or she attended each my e book launches together with her accomplice Calvin. The previous professor, author, activist and ‘reformed cultural influencer’ is a powerful girl. A social employee for 45 years, she has a PhD in Social Welfare. Whereas lecturing at college, 61-year-old Lyn began her trend weblog Unintended Icon and subsequently grew to become a large social media star. Now she’s revealed her first e book How To Be Previous: Classes in residing boldly from the Unintended Icon. Half manifesto, half memoir. It’s good and – not unintended – Lyn has gone viral, once more.

Every chapter covers a yr in her sixties, and all through Lyn discusses her expertise as an influencer and affords sage recommendation on remaining seen and rethinking the ageing course of. In How To Be Previous, Lyn explains how she ultimately loses herself within the maelstrom of social media and advertising and marketing, forgets her values and finally ends up burnt out. Ultimately rejecting the net world so as to regain management.

The e book ends with Lyn settled upstate in Peekskill with Calvin, near her daughter and two grandchildren. After all of the insanity of the ‘ influencer years’ and the drain of social media, she is having fun with a quieter life and writing from her backyard shed (constructed by Calvin for her seventieth birthday), every thing feels calmer and extra genuine. It undoubtedly leaves you wanting extra…



Lyn may be very smart and I liked chatting about age, type and reinvention. Hope you benefit from the episode.

How To Be Previous: Classes in Dwelling Boldly from the Unintended Icon Lyn Slater is revealed within the UK by Yellow Kite and out now in hardback.



And right here I’m with Lyn in New York, 2017.


Photograph: Denton Taylor




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Producer and audio engineer: Nick at The Small Inexperienced Studio.

Host: Alyson Walsh

Visitor:  Lyn Slater

Music: David Schweitzer

Art work: Ayumi Takahashi

Coordinator: Helen Johnson


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