Nostalgia Filter
  1. A Moveable Feast: A Brief History of the Revolving Restaurant

    From the archives of J. S. Graboyes’ Duck Pie blog, a look into the origins of an unnecessary-yet-fascinating 20th-century invention.

    Architecture
  2. Nostalgia
  3. Dear Summertime Rolls

    “The summertime world is languid. It is the snick-snick-snick of sprinklers. It is Perry Ferrell crooning ‘Tag. You are the one.’” Jen writes a thank you note to a pivotal album for her 13-year-old self.

    Memoir
    Jane's Addiction concert, 2012 (Photo by themindkiller via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)
  4. 1970: Kites

    David Deitrick remembers being care-free: “No sputtering four-stroke internal combustion engines — just the thrum of the kite string and slow dance that comes from manipulating the string to gain altitude or change direction.”

    Nostalgia
    Photo by Radoslav Minchev
  5. All the Famous People, Where Do They All Come From?

    The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned fifty — so super-fan Chris Shaw decided to trace the source photo of each person featured on the album’s iconic cover.

    Culture
  6. Why I Wrote “Walt’s Disneyland”

    “I believe Walt built Disneyland as a gift to his own inner child . . .” Jim Denney explains why he wrote his new book, Walt’s Disneyland.

    Authors
  7. Bauhaus Movement

    With a massive social following, Bauhaus Movement is the web’s go-to destination for lovers of modernist aesthetics, with a carefully curated selection of architecture, design, and visual arts.

    Architecture
  8. Falling Half in Love with Strangers: What’s the Word for That?

    Blogger Quinn reflects on a past encounter with a stranger in Vienna, Austria.

    Nostalgia
    Image via When I Do Get the Manual?
  9. For Opening Day

    “He kept to himself during the pre-game jostling and joking, doing his stretches and running silently, eyes fixed in the grass or in the darkening skies of the summer evening. He had a sense about him of ascetic dedication to his craft. He prepared for each game as a priest might prepare for mass.”

    Nostalgia
  10. Pulled Punches

    A coffee, a loyalty punch card, and a Rubik’s Cube star in Marissa’s wishful musings for more analog time.

    Nostalgia
  11. Berlin Typography

    The blogger at Berlin Typography shows how a city’s soul is found in small details like the fonts used in its streets and lovingly documents signs, storefronts, and other texts embedded in the urban landscape.

    Design
  12. Shopfront Elegy

    Vici MacDonald photographs British commercial and industrial facades, often traveling to areas most people wouldn’t consider photogenic. For her, storefronts are more than just windows and signs: they’re “urban tales which deserved noticing and recording.”

    Architecture
    The Old Cinema, Baxter Gate, 37-40 Churchgate, Loughborough, Leicestershire, 2016 • Thank goodness for bingo keeping all these old cinemas alive...
  13. Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection

    Kirk Demarais on everything you wanted to know about The Brady Bunch’s art collection, and a little more. “My work is sure to be a treat for anyone who loves art, or The Brady Bunch, or tedious overanalysis.”

    Art
  14. Oren’s, West 112th Street

    Musician Parker Ramsay ties together architecture, music performance, algebra, punctuation, and coming of age in a lovely personal essay inspired by his time playing the organ in English cathedrals.

    Architecture
  15. Movement: A Prose Poem

    In Leeza Petrov’s short poetic memoir, life zooms by from one address to the next, and childhood, friendship, and love leave marks both subtle and vivid.

    Identity