Did you know that the during WWI, an American soldier fighting in France died of nostalgia? (In fact, he was apparently the last person to perish from the horrible affliction.) In her brilliant TED talk, “The cultural history of emotion,” historian Tiffany Watt Smith offers a glimpse into the history of nostalgia. “How is it … Continue reading Dépaysement

Reagan’s Farewell Address, Revisited (Part II)

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address. As I discussed in my previous post, the speech is rife with historical missteps. But revisiting Reagan’s address thirty years on also allows us to take note of another remarkable change that has occurred over the past three decades. Let’s start here: Remember the polarized … Continue reading Reagan’s Farewell Address, Revisited (Part II)