Tag Archives: Past

The Span: Haw’s The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History

The media of 1883 is not much different from the media of today.  The difference is the internet and rampant tabloids.  The similarity is the ability to inflate and skew public perception, and to create a brighter picture of any … Continue reading

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Returning: Shulberg’s “The Waterfront Revisited”

Ssmith asked, “have you experienced an altered or ‘constructed’ memory of a place that surprised you upon return after a long absence?” during last week’s discussion of David Thelen.  Budd Shulberg is a storyteller; in the film, On The Waterfront, … Continue reading

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Preserving NYC: Loflin, et al: “Historic Preservation…”

Here’s a movie cliche: a small group of underdogs must save the building/lot/gazebo on the grounds of saving history.  The cliche exists in television, too.  A recent episode of Parks and  Recreation (Season 2, Episode 21, “94 Meetings”) follows Leslie … Continue reading

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The Past Is Now: Lowenthal’s The Past Is A Foreign Country

I think David Lowenthal was creeping around my brain for a while.  He says, “Nostalgia transcends yearning for lost childhoods and scenes of early life, embracing imagined pasts never experienced by their devotees or perhaps by anyone” (xix).  I do … Continue reading

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