Discomfort in the Retrofuture: Reading Joseph Bates’s “Tomorrowland”

Tomorrowland by Joseph Bates Curbside Splendor; 226 p. On my morning commute, I pass a storefront space where video conversions are the business’s stock in trade. What was a cutting-edge feature for a few decades — convert your home movies to VHS! Convert your home videos to DVD! — has become something more of a speciality market today. They seem to have embraced this, placing in their window one neon sign and one surreal robotic sculpture, the sort of thing […]

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