Monday, December 21, 2009

We get nostalgic for Victorian Christmas. What did Victorians get nostalgic for?
Anglicans and some others know this: the Middle Ages!

I agree with Cecil Adams here: it’s people reaching Catholicwards through the wreckage not only of the late 1960s but the Industrial Revolution (which did good as well as harm), the ‘Enlightenment’ and the ‘Reformation’. And lest one get too romantic about the whole thing Arturo will set you straight while not disagreeing essentially.

Yes, I appreciate the irony that 1962 wasn’t big on nostalgia (it was the space age!) but neither was there a wholesale repudiation of the past by most people (certainly you saw it in the élite from their art, music and architecture to their music... BTW I’ve listened to Schoenbergian stuff and... liked it).

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