Time Essay: THE MEANING OF NOSTALGIA

HOW much more nostalgia can America take? The compulsion to paw and moon over the good old days extends far beyond Broadway; without question, the most popular pastime of the year is looking back. Sometimes it seems as if half the country would like to be dancing cheek to cheek with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a great ballroom of the '30s. The other half yearns to join Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on a back-lot Casablanca of the '40s to whisper: "Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By." We seem to...

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