Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Age of Anxiety

Not everyone can be as rich as Bill Gates by 30.


If 30 really is the new 21, then Book of Ages: 30 should relieve the anxiety of thirtysomethings who wonder why they haven’t yet won that Pulitzer. Chock-full of potentially useful facts (on Mars, you’d be just 16!), the thin tome is the first in a series devoted to age-related minutiae (next up: 40). Authors Lockhart Steele and Joshua Albertson (their third co-writer was busy dealing with a “hedgehog situation”) sat down to discuss firearms, virginity, and personal debt.

So, are you guys actually 30?
Lockhart Steele: I turn 30 in January.
Joshua Albertson: I turn 29 in two weeks.

So young! What makes you experts on 30?
L.S.: I think the bottom line is, people should not trust us. There’s a lot of crazy data out there in this world.

Such as?
J.A.: Forty-five percent of 30-year-olds own a firearm.
L.S.: One in 25 women turning 30 is a virgin.

What are your sources? These numbers sound sketchy.
J.A.: They’re all totally nonsketchy. We did research on the Internet.

Who was the most successful 30-year-old?
J.A.: On a purely financial level, Bill Gates.
L.S.: Microsoft IPO’d when he was 30. Creatively, you’ve gotta give some props to Orson Welles.

What about the average 30-year-old?
L.S.: The average 30-year-old has $19,100 in debt. I think if you’re doing better than that, it’s something to feel good about.

Is 30 in New York different?
L.S.: One of the stats is that 30-year-olds are a pretty content lot. All of my friends in New York are heading up on 30. I’m not sure content is the word I’d use.


Current Issue
Subscribe to New York

Give a Gift