Nostalgia Week

From warm and fuzzy to alienating and dangerous

23rd April 2018

Nostalgia means different things to different people.

For some, seeing 8-bit graphics is enough to give them a soothing, comforting feeling, for others, a warm homemade roti reminds them of family, while others might hear 2 Become 1 by the Spice Girls and be transported instantly back to their eighth birthday party.

On a simple level, nostalgia is the mental place we visit to feel happy about good times. It’s a comfort and can have a powerful therapeutic effect. There’s simply no way of looking back nostalgically on bad memories.

But what about when nostalgia becomes a problem?

This week we’re exploring the theme of nostalgia — from the warm and fuzzy, to the alienating and even dangerous effects of idealising the past.

We’ll bring you articles on how politicians have weaponised nostalgia, why we keep remaking the same fucking films over and over, and Leila Herandi’s poignant first-person piece about being rotund as a teenage cancer patient.

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23rd April 2018