ADDENDUM: podcast is here. If time passes, look for November 26th, Hour 2, second half.
ALSO: new piece up at Catholic Lane
Although I missed living in the 1950′s by a hair’s breadth, that decades’s culture was long celebrated in movies, books, and music. Whatever may have lain in the hearts and minds of that generation, from a distance the prevailing word that comes to mind is “convention.” Skirt lengths, hair cuts, meal preparation, school discipline, and cultural tastes were widely chosen by convention, and those who didn’t conform (due to choice or poverty) felt the opprobrium of those around them. Even church attendance on Sunday was highly conventional, and the pews were filled on a regular basis. [cont.]