Meditations on Exile and Home   /   Fall 2005   /    Interview

Contemporary Notions of Home

Interview with Witold Rybczynski

Jennifer L. Geddes and Witold Rybczynski

Architectural elements from the La Roque Mansion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Via Wikimedia Commons.

How have our notions of home shifted over the last twenty years since you wrote your book, Home: A Short History of an Idea (1987)?

Henry Kissinger once asked Mao Tse-Tung if he thought the French Revolution was a success. “I think it’s too early to tell,” answered the Chairman. Cultural ideas evolve at a glacial pace so twenty years is not a long time for something as deeply rooted as our notion of home. is is worth emphasizing, since the media is forever telling us that fads and fashions are “changing our world.” Maybe—or maybe not.

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