Hindsight is handy. It’s easy to look back and recognize how a certain manner of dress, type of furniture, school of art or architecture reflected what was going on in the broader culture at the time. We can point to mid-century modernism and pontificate – because pontificate is such a great word – how it was like a physical manifestation of the country’s newfound hope and joy. (Pause to rub Maynard G. Krebs’ beat beard, here.)
But when you are amidst the flotsam and jetsam of the now, it’s a little harder to find the precious pearls.