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The ministry of nostalgia : consuming austerity

Hatherley, Owen2016
Books, Manuscripts
In this sharp, witty polemic, critic Owen Hatherley questions the many ways we have adopted the gospel of luxurious poverty: from ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters, the commercialisation of thrift, the added value of the artisanal and the selling of a 'make do and mend' aesthetic to a nostalgia for a utopian past that never existed. Instead, he proposes a radical demand for true abundance for all, not just adopting the veneer of a better age, in a rallying cry that reaches across a depleted cultural landscape and refuses to accept that we need to lower our expectations to fit tough times. Hatherley demands more, because that is what we all deserve.
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