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The Oulipo of the 1980s? Why it’s time to reappraise the humble Choose Your Own Adventure book

Behind the recent wave of 80s revivals are real questions about the types of stories we enjoy—and how they teach us to approach the world

By Darran Anderson  

Culture in the 1980s was all about escapism. But Choose Your Own Adventure offered something more. Photo: Prospect composite

The allure of nostalgia is powerful, especially in an uncertain, unstable age. Nostalgia is a soothing form of selective amnesia of how things actually were. However forward-thinking and ostensibly unsentimental we might be, there are very few of us who are not moved in some way by these jolts of recognition and the comforting, if illusory, thought that a golden age existed in the past when life was more certain…

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