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The Forty-Year Itch

Is much of our culture really determined by things that happened four decades ago? In Comment this week, Adam Gopnik proposes a Golden Forty Year Rule: The prime site of nostalgia is always whatever happened, or is thought to have happened, in the decade forty or fifty years past. (And the particular force of nostalgia, one should bear in mind, is not simply that it is a good setting for a story but that it is a good setting for you.
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