Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

Kristofferson: Whatta man. (David McClister/Corbis Outline)

Kris Kristofferson is having trouble remembering things, but he thinks it’s because of the head-clobbering he took as a college football star and boxer and not because of his age — though he is openly preoccupied by the fact that his life is winding to a close and that he is going to die, as we all are. Yet somehow none of this is depressing when discussed by Kristofferson, in an interview with Allison Stewart about his new album. It begins like this: “Hello, sir. How are you?” “Old.” And gets better from there.

In other news: How old would you have to be to get Mitt Romney’s joke about Jackie Kennedy and Nina Krushchev? . . . A medical writer explains the surprise death of a “Downton Abbey” character. Don’t go if you don’t want to know.

Looking for today’s Reliable Source? Start here: Barney Frank to take a role in ‘Fiorello!’ — playing a senator, hint hint