For a time, the most enduring cultural artifact of the moment was a bracket bit of metadata, “(Taylor’s version)”, which Swift attached to the titles of his newly recorded songs, and became a monument that anyone could use to mark their pride. The right to their own cultural publications, no matter how small. But in November, Swift’s immersion in the past marked a turning point when he released the 10-minute extension of his beloved 2012 breakup song “All To Well”. With the new version, he plays with almost recollected memories, with bluntly drawn scenes, revisiting a romantic shock base, thus comparing himself to “a soldier returning half his weight”.
Nostalgia is derived from the Greek words for “return home” and “pain,” and before it can refer to nostalgia for the past, it is a psychiatric disorder that actually describes the most severe homelessness that can kill. Nostalgia represents a form of traumatic stress, and now pseudo-therapeutic therapies have entered our cultural backwards. So, when Serena Williams appears in the master class to teach tennis and the Ringo Star appears to teach drumming, Clinton comes to school about “resistance”.
Elasticity signifies resilience, and there is something fascinating about seeing Clinton return to her pre-Trump form. The victory text reads like centrifugal Matt Lips – meditation on “E Pluribus Unum”, nods to both Black Lives Matter and the bravery of the police, quoted by Abraham Lincoln – but in the end it goes into a complex emotional realm. Clinton remembers her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who died in 2011, and when she recounts a dream about her, her voice trembles and sounds in the pitch. Dorothy Wheat had a dark upbringing, and Clinton wanted to visit her mother’s childhood, and despite all the hardships she endured, she promised that her daughter would become president of the United States.
As Clinton comforts her mother’s former self, playing with the idea that Clinton will never be in the future, we finally see a loss that cannot be negotiated, improved or monetized: she can never talk to her mother again. Soon, Clinton’s master class returned to its normal message – he instructs us to dust off, walk, and make our beds – But for a few seconds, he could be seen not as a historical figure, but as a person who could not beat time like us.