Nostalgia is not what it used to be: Rural idylls and the American diner

Author
Scully, Mike
Published 1 March 2017
Journal Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
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Abstract

The author was drawn to visit the mid-western American conurbation of Minneapolis-St Paul by the long-running radio variety programme, A Prairie Home Companion (1974 – present), which gently satirises small-town rural culture. In a fine example of serendipity, he came across Mickey’s Diner, a traditional fast-food outlet that has operated in the same location continuously for almost 78 years. This became a springboard for examining the history of a uniquely American institution and its relevance to today’s cuisine and culture. It was also the chance to look at a city with a population only slightly less than that of Melbourne in a state proud of its rural and Scandinavian heritage.

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Title
Nostalgia is not what it used to be: Rural idylls and the American diner
Author
Scully, Mike
Year
2017
Journal
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
Document Type
Research Article
Language
eng
Subjects
American Diners · Minnesota · Republican Party · Food Culture · Nostalgia · Rural Culture · Satire
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