Warning: the cultural landscape, once lush and fragrant, has been plagued by a terrible and long-lasting drought. The lush foliage has shrunken into pale patches of grimy moss. The shards of glorious sunlight have darkened into just a glimmer of shadows. Rainbows no longer include the colors green and purple. The sociological touchstones that once served to ground us are often now misunderstood or completely ignored.
It was only a matter of time really. I saw most of the signs, even the ones I pretended for a while to ignore. I would show The Graduate to my students and one of them would always ask, “Is this Simon and Garfunkel?” and I would smile and tell them how Mike Nichols had gotten the duo involved with the soundtrack and I’d see some slight nods of recognition and hear at least two whispers of “My parents like them” and it didn’t matter that the kids themselves weren’t fans; at least they were somewhat aware that a group called Simon and Garfunkel once existed on the planet.