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.
When Claudio Vieira de Oliveira was born 37 years ago with a rare condition leading him to have severely deformed limbs doctors told his mother to let him starve to death as his life wouldn’t be worth living. But nearly four decades... Read Post
In a recent issue of The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik wondered if there’s a “sweet spot” for retro-nostalgia. He calls it the Golden Forty Year Rule: whatever was popular around the time you were born is what you’ll end up mimicking late... Read Post
Adam Gopnik theorizes that American culture is most nostalgic about the decade 40 years prior, what he dubs the "Golden Forty-Year Rule." Gopnik looks ahead to the 2050s, when the Obama era will be characterized: A small, attentive ... Read Post