The Quest

Identifying and ridiculing inauthenticity is easy.  Trying to understand what people are seeking when they say they are looking for an “authentic” cultural or historical experience is hard. 

Is it all just part of the present?  Is the past just a crutch for our imaginary longings?

Our ideas about public heritage (institutionalized, marketed, and canonized) are based on the shaky foundations of habit and training.  And they don’t seem to be working that well anymore…

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