Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect