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Forget Po-Mo, the worthless fashion fad

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In your last issue (AJ 15/22.8.02), Catherine Croft, as next director of Twentieth Century Society, is quoted as saying: 'We will soon need to take a serious look at Post-Modernism.'

At risk of appearing an old curmudgeon, no study of PostModernism could possibly be serious, for the basis of the style itself, having no worthwhile principles, was entirely fatuous.

It was just a fashion gimmick. I trust it will be seen that way by thinking historians in future.

It was, of course, part of the intolerable nostalgia which began to grip the nation three decades ago, but responsible societies benefit no one if the minds of their leaders are so warped not to realise this. You have only to thumb through a book of modern British listed buildings, for instance, to find many that people with properly trained minds see as worthless.

Patrick Hodgkinson, Bath

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