Two podcasts and an Atlantic article. First, Decoder Ring, from Slate, is a very thoughtfully reported show about American culture. This week, host Willa Paskin revisits the time 20 years ago when a literary fiction writer considered himself too cool for Oprah Winfrey.
On Vox Conversations, culture critic Anne Helen Petersen talks to writer Safy-Hallan Farah about her article exploring a similar topic: how cool is determined and how that has changed over the past few decades.
Finally, in an article that has received a lot of chatter this week, David Brooks also looks back 20 years to his book Bobos in Paradise for the Atlantic this week.
More than one of these podcasts/articles mentioned a book called The Sum of Small Things from 2017. I think I may have to check this book out…