The Gist

Ratatouille Got It Wrong

The nostalgia we feel around food is overrated. It’s not about the meal; it’s about what went with it.

An Afghan boy gets a mouthful from his cotton candy at a fair marking the Afghan New Year in Kabul on March 21, 2014.

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Before SNL, David Wain says, the countercultural comedy torch belonged to National Lampoon. The laugh magazine was created by Harvard graduates and became a creative laboratory for movies like Animal House and Caddyshack. Chief among them was Doug Kenney, the subject of Netflix biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, which Wain directs.

In the Spiel, the nostalgia we feel around meals and dishes is overrated. It’s not about the food; it’s about the feels.

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