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Because James Lileks rules, that's why

The Master speaks on the subject of nostalgia:

Nothing cures inordinate nostalgia like the realization that kids today think the seventies were cool. Every time I think I want to go back - to anywhere, any time - I look around and ask what I’d want to give up for the sake of fonts and graphics. Not much. Put me in a time machine, send me back, I’d be miserable. It would only take a few months before I ruined a tiki party by saying that I enjoyed the chance to wear a floral-patterned shirt and black-frame glasses without manifest irony, but I missed having a UNIVAC on my lap and a computer in my pocket and robots on Mars and no Commies, okay? Punch my ticket, I’m heading back.

Oh, you kidder! Here, have another hot dog.

No seriously. I’m heading back. It’s where I belong. Rather feel out of joint there on occasion than sit here with mildewed sci-fi mags and dream of the future, y’know?

Besides: my Sims have to go to the bathroom.

RTWT. You owe it to yourself. Really.



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Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Time travel
I would only take the ticket if it was round trip. You know? I would go back for a period of time (with limited possessions) and come back that period of time later. It would be as if I went of vacation. When would I go and what would I take? 1920s (maybe 1926) with full inoculations, recent dental care, 100 (+) pounds of gold and a reasonably authentic set of clothes. I would go for at least six months. I don't know where I would go. I would probably talk too much in the bars around certain airports. The biggest complication to this plan is the damn Time Cops.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
Re: Time travel
I could definitely see you in the 1920s, hanging out the airfield watering holes and taking surreptitious pix of the pioneers of aviation.

As for me, I was daydreaming the other day about going back to 1965 with a quantity of gold, a list of stock prices, and then making sure Bob Short never bought the Senators. Everybody has a fantasy.
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