Putting the NO in Nostalgia

Here's something I wrote for the excellent Designers & Books website, on our tenacious emotional attachment to physical souvenirs in the increasingly digitized world. My starting point was William L. Bird's new book from Princeton Architectural Press, Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Piece of Plymouth Rock, anyone?