Notes: 4 / 8 months ago
"Well, nostalgia is kind of the warning, always — the warning sign for so many of our species. Whenever I find myself thinking what “X” used to be — “X” used to be more fun, “Y” used to be better in the days of my youth — I check my pulse for conservatism [laughs]. I mean, really. What else should one do? The whole of lit and human history is filled with anguished voices crying out: “What’s wrong with these kids?… They no longer know how to do it old-school.” I’ve heard that every decade of my life since I was old enough to hear it, and I’m desperately holding off doing it myself. Because once I do, I think, in some sense, I’ll be done for. At least in terms of predicting the future. I hate to see things I loved go away. But if that means I’m inherently opposed to change, then I’m in trouble. That’s how I look at it."
- William Gibson on nostalgia. (x