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Gina Barreca: Not All Of Them Were The Good Old Days

Gina Barreca: Not All Of Them Were The Good Old Days

I found myself feeling deeply nostalgic for a scent my mother used to wear: Jean Nate. Its signature hip, plastic yellow bottle with its circular black top represented the ultimate in sophistication.

I was explaining this sentimental memory to a friend who interrupted me by saying, "They still sell the stuff, Gina. You could find it at Walgreens. You can get it at Target. You could even buy it at Sears, you know, while you're there picking up a self-cleaning oven. They didn't stop making it just because you stopped thinking about it."

She practically wrecked my nostalgia. After all, when we stop using things or wanting them, don't they just disappear? My husband...