We are taking the week off for the US Thanksgiving holiday and will return with new posts on Monday, November 28. In these tumultuous times as we’re seeing the ways we operate (hello OSTP) and the ways we communicate (adios Twitter) undergo seismic changes, it’s understandable to want to cling to the past. Change can be scary, but change means opportunity, and I urge you to heed the words of John Hodgman when it comes to nostalgia:
I consider nostalgia to be a toxic impulse. It is the twinned, yearning delusion that (a) the past was better (it wasn´t) and (b) it can be recaptured (it can´t) that leads at best to bad art, movie versions of old TV shows, and sad dads watching Fox news.
In that spirit, here’s The Handsome Family performing “Back in My Day”, a not entirely accurate vision of how things used to be. Happy holidays for those who celebrate, see you in a week.