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Fear and clothing: Kim K is the new old school, a mod classic


Fear and clothing: Kim K is the new old school, a mod classic

A weekly reverie on the vagaries and charms of fashion


Even Kim K comes late to things. This week the arbiter of popular culture discovered Serial. Four years late. Serial, for other people like Kim K who are coming late to podcasts, is a serialised story presented on a podcast format about a chap who may or may not have been unfairly accused of murdering his high-school girlfriend. The story line is brilliantly suspenseful.  For about 12 episodes you are strung along wondering what the hell happened and did he or didn’t he do it? Adnan, the chap in question, is presently in jail but as a result of the success of the podcast, which drew millions of listeners along every week four years ago, his case is being retried to much popular acclaim.
Kim was roundly teased on social media for expressing a sudden belated interest in the podcast.  I for one say wow, Kim is always surprising us, just when you thought you had seen it all, from the posterior up, you get a pleasant jolt and realise you are dealing with more than you expected. A clash of civilizations made flesh. I like that about her.It is amusing that the arbiter of the new, Kim K, is now a poster child for the old. Mostly though I like the idea of finding the new in the old. Or just rediscovering something embedded in your past. Rereading the novels of your youth. Listening to the songs best consigned to karaoke, old podcasts, ancient magazines. We are so inundated with new stuff and live in a culture perpetually driven by the new that even the old idea of speed as expressed in a New York minute has become suggestively old fashioned.
I for one knew Kim K had been trawling the archives ever since I saw her sporting the cycling shorts that were de  rigueur in the 1990s. And I had the quiet satisfaction of knowing the truth in that old adage, there is nothing new under the sun.

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