|the speakeasy trend
How can anyone be nostalgic for a period 80 years ago?
And how can anyone be nostalgic for a period before they were born?!
oh come on. i agree that the exclusivity is a selling point but thats hardly a novelty. and really, you cant be nostalgic for something you havent experienced? that seems a little rigid an interpretation of the notion of nostalgia as its commonly understood. we've been romanticizing speakeasies since their inception.
I am not nostalgic for anything I haven't experienced. I have been to those NY "speakeasies" though. Not lately--it was a few years ago (I'm nostalgic for the dot com era). It was about knowing someone who could get you in and acting like you were pretty damn cool, as opposed to reenacting that episode of Star Trek where the aliens channeled Earth gangsters from the 20s.
merriam-webster describes nostalgia as being rooted in "home sickness." Etymology: New Latin, from Greek nostos return home + New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches
i had to skim this article twice to find and reference to nostalgia (despite the overall nostalgia sodden feel of the piece):
Speakeasy time travel, in other words, is vague, the images dreamy. At the Violet Hour, patrons pass through the boarded-up facade to enter a lush interior with saturated colors, heavy fabrics and ornate chandeliers. In the Back Room, on the Lower East Side, the drinks are served in teacups, a pointless exercise in deception. At Speakeasy, in Cleveland, which really does go the extra mile down the nostalgia highway by distilling its own gin, a chandelier over a basement stairwell indicates the way to passers-by on the sidewalk. “When it’s on, the speakeasy is open,” said Sam McNulty, the owner.
since when is nostalgia a highway!!!
this is kind of funny journalism anyway. it appears the author typed "speak easy" into the NYT database and cherry picked all those juicy historical tid-bits and references. from online information i would guess he was born about 1952-3. (Indiana University 1974)
spent a lot of time at chumleys cause they had good beer.....i have no passion for drinking in places in the article, doesnt turn me on, but glad people do....but i deff have nostalgia!! 1960's, grateful dead shows, etc
Nostalgia has been a highway since before your time.
since at least 1570 then.
This is beyond stupid. I lived through all that exclusivity crap growing up in the city as a privileged rich kid, and while a lot of it was indeed fun, after a while, it became annoying as hell.