Warming the soul

We haven’t really had enough time to digest the existence of the Southampton Nostalgia Scale, via this post on the Benefits of Nostalgia, linking to a recent NYT piece that explores what nostalgia is good for. From the article: ‘Nostalgia has been shown to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety. It makes people more generous to strangers and more tolerant of outsiders. Couples feel closer and look happier when they’re sharing nostalgic memories. On cold days, or in cold rooms, people use nostalgia to literally feel warmer.’ We’ve often commented on the gravitational pull of nostalgia, the sheer power of the emotion (which was unsurprisingly once considered a mental disorder) and the way it acts as an increasingly central force in internet culture. An example, Sam Jacob on the transformation of Brutalism into soft furnishings (although the bile is still very much there if the comments on the Stirling Prize shortlist are anything to go by).


Manufactured nostalgias. On the Voynich Manuscript, the Oak Island treasure pit of the internet age: “To its deciphering he devoted unflagging toil, as is apparent from attempts of his which I send you herewith, and he relinquished hope only with his life.” We can all dig, but no-one has reached the bottom in hundreds of years. Sort of related, history’s most intriguing lost items / more tragically lost things: Stolen Picasso and Monet art ‘burned’ in Romanian oven / fantastic set of photographs of Leeds at the end of its industrial heyday / So Which Futureliner is which? An attempt at modern day archaeology, trying to find the whereabouts and fate of the 12 GM Futurliners designed by Harley Earl and built between 1940 and 1956. Nine survive (via Autoblog).


A New Start, an in-depth analysis of the themes behind Arrested Development / pop sensation Catherine Bennett, constructed and guided by artist Bryony Kimmings in collaboration with her 9 year old niece, Taylor Houchen / The Svalbard Archipelago: American Military and Political Geographies of Spitsbergen and Other Norwegian Polar Territories, 1941-1950 (via Ethel Baraona) / Manhattan reproduced inside the Grand Canyon / Realstadt, an exhibition of 300 architectural models from 2010 at anarchitecture / abandoned aeroplanes by Dietmar Eckell / beautiful imaginary blossoming landscapes by Tristram Lansdowne / the Birmingham Music Archive.

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