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thehoff has written 62 posts for Some Kind of Nostalgia

Deteriorated, Demolished: The Presence of Nostalgia

About two years ago, I was at the Northwest Film Forum to see Thom Anderson’s short film “Get Out of the Car!” Raised in LA, Anderson has this romanticized yet slightly desensitized love for the aesthetic that is LA, and the speckles and remnants that are left-over, forgotten, painted over, crumbling, or barely noticeable to … Continue reading

Fashion Nostalgia: 90210’s Brenda Walsh

Brenda Walsh by khoffman  Think of Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Brenda Walsh, and imagine a West Bev newbie with a thirst for banana daiquiris and a penciled-in fake I.D., Kelly Taylor’s original lab partner, a jack and jill bathroom away from Brandon—her Minnesota twin, accused of stealing boutique clothing, caught with a pregnancy test in the trash by her … Continue reading

Neon Indian was made to pull at our 20something heartstrings

Someone once said, we see the world once in childhood; the rest in memory. At least that’s where my mind takes me when I’m listening to Alan Paloma’s creation, Neon Indian, one of the bands to come out of the pre-teens (this decade we’re living in) that will stand out as the two-layer feel-so-good cake … Continue reading

Fashion Nostalgia: 90210’s Donna Martin

Donna Martin Fashion by khoffman  Think of Beverly Hills 90210′s Donna Martin and imagine a doe-eyed sidekick in floral stirrup pants, a sunflower hat, and just like the rest of the chicks at West Bev, gliding behind the wheel of a revvin’ Beemer to cruise the zip in. Think of big, blonde hair, the diamond … Continue reading

Fashion Nostalgia: 90210’s Dylan McKay

Think of Beverly Hills 90210‘s Dylan McKay and imagine a stone cool bachelor pad with Navajo rugs and frozen burritos in the freezer, a slick black Porsche and a motorcycle for cruising Baja, killer waves, bowling shirts, and side-burns possibly longer than Brandon Walsh’s — but we hear there was always a little competition. He wasn’t … Continue reading

Fashion Nostalgia: 90210’s Kelly Taylor

Think of Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Kelly Taylor and imagine a red BMW convertible, big blazers, heels with jeans, a carton of potato salad that went to utter waste, birthday dresses and school dance numbers worn at the Peach Pit, the Spring Princess of 1991 at West Beverly, beach cabana wire-bikinis and SPF 50 for a … Continue reading

Computer Games We Played

I never played video games as a kid. I did as an adult, but just Project Gotham or the occasional go-around in Grand Theft Auto, which usually involved me stealing a car, scanning through a radio station, cruising town, and then jumping into a body of water and swimming to an unknown location. Let’s be … Continue reading

I Hardly Remember The Babysitters Club…

…So why top what’s already out there? I could include the fact that my co-workers and I have an Ann M. Martin book (“New York, New York”) sitting on our filing cabinet in the middle of our desks and that I vaguely remember purchasing and/or lusting after many of the BSC books at school fairs … Continue reading

The Aerosmith Video Chick

If you’re an avid Alicia Silverstone fan, you might remember her as Amy Heckerling’s creation in the movie Clueless, a movie I still know every line to. And it’s also the reason why whenever I hear “My Iron Lung” by Radiohead, I think of Marvin the Martian and red Kool-Aid. (It’s also the reason why I … Continue reading

Canadian Nostalgia: Under The Umbrella Tree

Do you guys remember that Canadian childrens’ television show from the ’80s about that umbrella tree? Under the Umbrella Tree was that really cute, totally campy show by Noreen Young. It centered around this woman named Holly (played by an actress named Holly) who lived in this  little Victorian home on Spring Street in Ottawa, … Continue reading