nostalgie de la boue


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nos•tal•gie de la boue

(nɔs tal ʒidə la ˈbu)
n.
French. nostalgia for the mud; longing for depravity.

nostalgie de la boue

A French phrase meaning nostalgia for the mud, used to mean a longing for the degraded circumstances that someone sprang from but has risen above.
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La nostalgie de la boue es ajena a las victimas de la historia.
Here effete WASPs cling to the shreds of deeply resented and envied prestige, whether or not lost in nostalgie de la boue.
Simon Leigh's "Oh de Toilette" series, if one overlooks the cues provided by their so-discreetly placed toiletries, looks like nothing so much as the self-consciously banal color photography once promoted by MOMA's photography department; Mario Sorrenti's pictures from Another Magazine traffic with the same nostalgie de la boue as do those of Richard Billingham or, for that matter, Nan Goldin.
Much of this critical recovery (see 'fascist' or 'reactionary' modernism) has constructed modernism as nostalgie de la boue.
One suspects he enjoys the aesthetics of playing the erudite hack, the classically trained essayist with nostalgie de la boue, the roaring drinker who can cite volumes of poetry.
Nostalgie de la boue is a nineteenth-century French term that means, literally, 'nostalgia for the mud.