Cool Story

When Did Two-Strapping Get Cooler Than One-Strapping?

A Slate backpack investigation.

Oct. 31 2013 10:03 AMThe Cool KidsWere you as uncool as a child as you claim? What does being “cool” mean to children, anyway?
Oct. 25 2013 1:13 PMThe Coolest Song Ever SungSarah Vaughan, Portugal, 1973, “Summertime.”
Oct. 18 2013 1:52 PMCool MovesFrom Al Jolson to Channing Tatum, how dancing in the movies creates—and commodifies—cool.
Oct. 14 2013 11:45 PMLosing Our CoolHey Silicon Valley: Stop co-opting cool.
Oct. 7 2013 11:42 PMThe Coolest Thing Anyone Has Ever WornWhy Cary Grant’s sunglasses in North by Northwest still make us swoon.
Oct. 1 2013 9:30 AMThe Birth of CoolCoul, coole, koole: How we got from cool temperatures to cool cats.
Oct. 29 2013 2:45 PMThe Coolest Movie of All TimeGodard’s Contempt, 50 years old this week.
Oct. 23 2013 2:34 PMKu? Poa? Buena onda?What cool looks like around the world.
Oct. 16 2013 11:27 AMThe Cool Sunglasses MysteryCary Grant’s cool sunglasses weren’t Tart Arnels. But what were they?
Oct. 9 2013 11:51 PMDon’t Be Afraid to Be UncoolIn defense of escaping the herd.
Oct. 3 2013 9:45 AMCool Story, Bro!A meme for our information-saturated moment.
Sept. 30 2013 11:55 PMCool StoryWhat does "cool" even mean in 2013?