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That I lost half an hour of a day last week watching this video (, produced by US celebrity magazine Entertainment Weekly on the reunion of the Dawson’s Creek cast after two decades, says something about my mindset right now. That I then spent a further 30 minutes on the phone to one of my oldest friends – an extremely busy corporate type – dissecting the video and reminiscing about the show, which we loved as teenagers, says something about nostalgia. It is intoxicating, powerful stuff.

Those of you who didn’t come of age in the 1990s, and thus were spared the terrifying zenith of Boys of London baggy jeans, Spice Girl platform trainers an black bomber jackets with orange lining, might not be familiar with the angsty teen TV series that launched the careers of Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. No doubt there are equivalents in your past that evoke melancholy and longing for days lost, generations later. Of student...

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