#036 Nostalgia With Svetlana Boym and Not Your Average Cotton
Can nostalgia help us be happier? In this episode you’ll learn the difference between good and bad nostalgia according to Russian philosopher Svetlana Boym, and how a toy cotton candy machine became a side hustle for the founders of Not Your Average Cotton. #thehappierhour
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When the term nostalgia was first coined in the 17th century by medical student, Johannes Hofer, to describe a crippling brain disorder afflicting Swiss mercenary soldiers, it was thought of as a disabling condition. Svetlana argues that there are two types of nostalgia within the single term. Nostos (the first half of the term) is about returning home and and a patching of memory gaps. This is what she calls restorative nostalgia. The second half of the word algia is a sense of longing and loss, and the imperfect process of remembrance. This is reflective nostalgia.
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BOOKS BY SVETLANA BOYM
ABOUT ALISHA VIMAWALA AND MARGARET TAORMINA
Alisha Vimawala, a native Midwesterner turned NYC denizen, and Margaret Taormina, a native Brooklynite recently turned SF explorer, both daylight as tech product managers while moonlighting as whimsical cotton candy confectioners (Not Your Average Cotton) and dance-based storytellers (Octothorp Productions). When they’re not working on their joint ventures, they fill their time with other creative pursuits. Alisha’s many accomplishments include authoring and publishing the delightful children’s book, All My Friends Are Planets, and Margaret has performed as a vocalist, flutist, dancer, and actor. In all of their creations, they aim to bring more wonder, curiosity, and joy into the world.