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Is anything still cool?

We’re living in a post-cool world. More evidence of global warming, I suppose.

By Sam Leith   December 2015

Carmine Rojas, David Bowie, and Nile Rodgers in Aschaffenburg, 1983. © Mark Vitullo

“Were you cool, then?” my wife asked me the other day. By “then,” she meant during those years before our fortunes came to be intertwined. I think a little bit of milk chocolate Hobnob may have lodged in my windpipe as I attempted to answer, because what came out was something like: “Huarrghgh-hah-haarghnoyoumustbefeckingJOKING…”

And that was not a word of a lie. Even among the…

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