I give talks on cool, race, music, New Orleans, and American identity.

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Ted Talk: Why Cool Matters

The French have chic but Americans invented cool. A journey through Miles Davis, Dylan, Patti Smith, Elvis, Prince, and Johnny Cash.

New Orleans Music and Culture

Is Cool Dead?

The future of cool belongs to millennials and women.

The Origins of Cool

The origins of a rebel sensibility for our consumer culture.


BBC’s The Forum — Cool: Shades, Style, and American Counterculture — 2018

The Reading LifeWWNO New Orleans 

The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU-FM, Washington DC, August 11, 2014

Joel Dinerstein discusses the American Cool exhibit he curated at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.