The hijacking has produced an enormous backlash that manifests itself in two fallacies - the Aquarian fallacy and the Nostalgist
In positioning these two sculptures side by side, Davies complicates his own role as artist-curator: Is he a stridently political Welshman or a British nostalgist
? Is it the past he mourns or the future he seeks to mold?
Pete Seeger is, in many ways, the Reagan of the left: a sunny idealist, amiable and grandfatherly, unyieldingly devoted to a few simple ideas, a nostalgist
whose worldview often seems frozen in the era of his own coming-of-age.
Mabel speaks at times like a sad nostalgist
pained by her own experience and at others like an objective anthropologist claiming superior knowledge of others.
Agha Shahid Ali, The Half-Inch Himalayas, Middletown, Ct., Wesleyan University Press, 1987; and A Nostalgist
's Map of America, New York, Norton, 1991.
Tomatsu is neither a nostalgist
nor a propagandist.
So for the misty-eyed Beatles nostalgist
, what we have here is a dream come true - Lennon and McCartney at each other's throats once more, just like the old days.
"The greatest intellectual and moral offense the modem intellectual can be found guilty of," he observes sourly at one point, "is that of seeming to think or act outside what is commonly held to be the linear progress of civilization." It doesn't seem terribly unfair to call him a nostalgist
for the Middle Ages, and in that sense he is completely out of tune with the kind of conservatism that wins elections in the United States today.
Instead, the nostalgist
's best hopes lie with Labour.
"A dominant and intolerant ideology smears anyone who approaches this position as a hopeless nostalgist
, obsessed with recovering a non-existent 'golden age' or as a racial bigot, unhinged fruitcake, extreme nationalist or closet Nazi."
Hamilton was not some nostalgist
climbing on a bandwagon when he made these albums in 1977 and 78; he was just a saxophonist who loved, and grew up listening to, an older crowd of saxmen: people like Flip Philips and Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet and Paul Gonsalves.
Vega Galindo (Ana Torrent), seemingly a major fan who has been following Camila around Spain, whisks the disoriented writer away to a beautiful country hotel run by Palmira (Angela Molina); the hotel is also occupied by Benson (Homero Antonutti), a nostalgist
who runs a Communist radio station.