I’ve saved copies of newspapers reporting historic events for years, and I’m therefore accustomed to the tattered and sepia-toned effect that kicks in after a couple of decades. I was nonetheless a bit surprised this morning when I came upon this copy of the 8.22.91 issue of the New York Times — the failure of the old-guard communist coup, the triumph of Boris Yeltsin — and saw that it looks fairly yellowed and decrepit.

The bottom line is that I’m not quite ready for 1991 to be regarded as a long time ago

Gee…was 1991 that long ago? I guess sixteen years isn’t all that different from twenty, right? Odd little realizations like this kick in every so often and give you a sense of the clock ticking faster and faster along with an onrushing fate.