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Cultural Stagnation

In this month's Vanity Fair, novelist/journalist Kurt Andersen expresses his frustration with culture's being stuck in a rut for the last two decades; in other words, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. "The Aeron chair in which you’re sitting is identical to the Aeron chair in which I sat almost two decades ago, and this morning I boiled water for my coffee in the groovy Alessi kettle I bought a quarter-century ago," he writes. [Vanity Fair]