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Monday, June 30, 2014

Synthetic Nostalgia

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Images made at a parking lot carnival in Bellevue, KY with a Nikon N80 on Fuji Superia film.

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I don't remember where I heard the term "synthetic nostalgia," but I wrote it down on some notebook paper. I imagine it means artificially creating a fondness based on the beliefs of what you choose to remember.

"I suspected that the Boss embraced one crisis after another because they gave him significance, something like tragic stature. He had so lost belief in a world outside himself that, without crisis, he had nothing worth talking about. On and on, the tolling of words revealed his expertise in living a life that baffled him."
- William Least Heat-Moon, "Blue Highways," Chapter 13, page 360.

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