BEING IN NEED OF INSPIRATION, FINDING IT, AND THEN BEING DISTRACTED BY A SEARCH FOR DEFINITION FOR A WHOLE THIRTY MINUTES!
adj. — of or relating to a golden age
One of the sturdiest precepts of the study of human delusion is that every golden age is either past or in the offing. The months preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor offer a rare exception to this axiom. During 1941, in the wake of that outburst of gaudy hopefulness, the World’s Fair, a sizable portion of the citizens of New York City had the odd experience of feeling, for the first time in which they were living, at the very moment they were living it, that strange blend of optimism and nostalgia which is the usual hallmark of the aetataureate delusion.
—Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
fm. a nonce word evidently crafted by Chabon and likely derived from the Latin aetas, meaning age or lifetime + aureatus, made of or having the color gold (see the [English word derived from Old] French aureal, meaning golden, or the elemental symbol for gold, Au)
first published. 2000
inspiration. one of my heroes
featured image. Mike Mignola’s cover art for Michael Chabon Presents the Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #3, July 14, 2004. Find it and more fantastic artworks at the definitive resource for Kavalier & Clay ephemera, The Amazing Website of Kavalier & Clay.