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  • A park in Hungary literally called Nostalgia Park

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “nostalgia” as: 1) the state of being homesick, or 2) a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition. Nowadays, nostalgia seems to be popping up everywhere, from the recent reemergence of Mad Men to news coverage of a long-gestating Lyndon Johnson biography to a book with the premise that nostalgia is the overriding current of present day culture. There’s no shortage of discussions about nostalgia on the Internet, itself sometimes appearing to be little more than a limitless archive of media and information.

For this week’s edition of “Variations on a Theme,” we’ll be exploring all things nostalgia on the Bleader. And hey, remember books? You know, those collections of paper with words on them? Well, that’s what we wrote about last week. You can read all of our Spring Books Week coverage here.