How Cool Works in America Today

By David Brooks If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool. The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never eager or needy, but instead…Read more How Cool Works in America Today


Image: wikipaedia A friend and I were having lunch. He said, 'Here, you know that Snowden guy?' I nodded assent. 'Well, have you heard of Forbes?' Again, I nodded assent. He proceeded to tell me a story he'd read in Forbes magazine about how Edward Snowden had released papers relating to two meetings with American…Read more LOVING CONSPIRACIES

Disbelief, shock, horror, disgust

Last night, I watched The Guardian columnist, Owen Jones walk off a SKY News program, after expressing his disbelief and horror at the refusal of the show's presenter and fellow guest to acknowledge the homophobic horror of the mass murder in Orlando. I agree with him but, while admiring his restraint, would add shock and…Read more Disbelief, shock, horror, disgust