I personally am wrapped up in nostalgic cool. I spend my weekends reading about times past because I find them interesting. On an average day my mind soars from Greenwich Village, New York when Bob Dylan first came there in 1961 to being on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid . The next moment I may be nose deep in my favorite comic, Legends of the Dark Knight, that I started collecting as a kid. I have also started collecting the dishware Royal China Blue Currier & Ives that my mom once collected because it holds sentimental attachments when I collect it. I am hung up on the nostalgic cool. One of my favorite hobbies is the king of nostalgic cool: Antiquing. Oh yes, it is an art! I spend my time sorting through what others have once treasured and have now decided to pass on for a price. I come across things that were once marketed for their coolness such as a NO. 91 DC Green Lantern Comic or a record of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Each of these treasures holds the possibility of nostalgic cool depending on a person’s background. Some might think that antiquing is the nowhere close to being cool, but I bet that if they went and saw a treasured item from their childhood that they would change their tune quickly. I may be a little biased because only the collecting of certain things can be considered cool. I assume that most of what I collect such as old comics (mainly DC), vintage vinals, and classical country dishware of the 50's is cool. The main stream may relate this to older generations, but I believe there will be a change in tone in the next few years.
A great example of cool that I do truly enjoy is the MTV series Daria. She was a character that was wrapped in sarcasm. Her delightful point of view made her an outcast or a “brain” as they called her at school. She was a transcendent cool; she was so far from the norm. Her commentary alone helped me to understand what good sarcasm was. She was my hero in high school.