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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Nostalgia

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My late mother used to say that if you never saw something before, then it was new. That was her main response when someone commented that a certain movie she had just discovered, or a book she had read recently, was “old”.

This idea came back to me today, when I suddenly realized I had my fill – and then some – of the incessant nostalgia that’s been pushed on us.

Today, while browsing my social media during lunchtime, I was rapidly exposed to…

  • the good old days when we played Mortal Combat
  • the Old School revival and how great was the original D&D game
  • how science fiction died after Tarkowski shot Solaris
  • He-man and the Masters of the Universe was the best animation show ever
  • the best fantasy book ever written was published in 1934
  • and music’s not been the same ever since Led Zeppelin disbanded

And don’t get me wrong – if it’s the first time you catch those, you might as well find them great. And really, maybe you should check them out, if you’re a fan of similar stuff.
But if you know them already, then going back to them obsessively instead of looking forward is not healthy.

There were some great stories, and shows, great music and games in the past? Sure.
But there are some great stories, and shows, great music and games right now.
That’s the fun of it – evolution never stops.

And I realize it is weird this coming from someone that writes pulp-ish stories set in the ’30s, and genre fiction, and is currently re-watching the old Kolchak TV series.
But I am doing my best to avoid building chains to keep me trapped in the past.
If it’0s the first time you catch it, it’s new. And there’s good in a lot of places – past, present and future.

This market-driven nostalgia, pushed to milk the memories of the currently forty-something crowd, makes me sick.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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