The style is elegant and understated, the aura of weariness and mortality extremely powerful.
And you can sense the weariness in Royko when he says he would like to walk away from it all and try to write a comic novel.
Many of our leaders and pundits complain about the weariness and wariness of war, but the nature of conflict has changed.
Old English werig "tired," related to worian "to wander, totter," from West Germanic *worigaz (cf. Old Saxon worig "weary," Old High German wuorag "intoxicated"), of unknown origin.
Old English wergian (intransitive), gewergian (transitive), from the source of weary (adj.). Related: Wearied; wearying.