I love the ’90s

If you’re in New York please come to the New Museum’s panel about the 90s on the 15th.  I’m on it and so are Michael Azerrad, Mark Greif, A.S. Hamrah, Marisa Meltzer, and Aaron Lake Smith.  We will supposedly answer the question “If we are nostalgic for the era, what are we nostalgic for?” so, look forward to that.  I am nostalgic for this and also my lost innocence.

8 comments to I love the ’90s

  • My friend teaches at a girls’ school with an enthusiastically-embraced “Decade Day” every year. Last year she emailed us:

    I never thought I’d see the day when the 90’s was a decade that the freshman class got assigned…………the hallways are full of one shouldered overalls and MOM jeans…ahhhh the days of our youth

    So I guess you could say that in addition to Sonic Youth, we’re (I’m) nostalgic for dot-com bubbles, denim, and mini-backpacks. Also being being a sixth grader and wearing leggings with impunity, and envying college kids for their ethernet ports.

  • I remember 1994, that was the year I invented baseball. Naturally that horrible crook Chet Lemon stole the idea from me and sold it to the World Bank. I haven’t seen a dime of that money and now I’m living in the Fane Hotel, Harlem NY, USA.

  • Tim

    I am not alone in believing that decades overlap. According to my understanding of trends, the nineties didn’t officially kick off until sometime between Sept 1992 and January 1993. 1991/92 was still the 80’s as far as I’m concerned.

    I will always miss 1996/97, nights alone in bed listening to Radiohead’s OK Computer – my heroin for those years – and also reading Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois and Cornel West. I must have had some kind of personal reading theme going during those years, because I also read John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me and Grier and Cobbs’s Black Rage.

  • Jeff K

    What I want to know is this: in 10 years, when a similar panel is assembled to discuss the decade starting in 2000 (the decade of the 2nd Gilded Age, Obama and the Great Recession) who will be assembled to talk about it? The founders of Twitter, Facebook & Google? Ashton Kutcher?

    And perhaps more importantly, what the heck will this decade be called? The Aughts?

  • Anon

    The Naughts.

  • Jeff K

    My vote is for the Oh’s. There are just so many New York Tabloid Headline puns that you can make.

    Happy decade? The Cheery Oh’s.
    The Decade of Italian Food / Western movies? The Spaghetti Oh’s.

    I’ll let you guys fill in the rest.

  • NA

    “The naughties” is clearly the way to go here, people.

  • alsonostlagic

    I’m nostalgic for the 90s because as far as I’m concerned it’s the last decade when rock music still rocked.

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