Giles Wood finds himself staring at the 'domestic propaganda' writing on the wall
In the past, texts of a religious or improving nature hung on every cottage wall. Victorian needlework-samplers might typically remind the occupants to ‘Honour thy father and thy mother’. Thence to basements in the pot-smoking 1970s, where posters of the saccharine poem Desiderata (‘Go placidly amid the noise and haste’) seemed to endorse the passivity of the ‘basementals’ gazing on. ...
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