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Are the Jews still cool?

Are the Jews still cool?

(RNS) — This past week was the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest actors of our time, Philip Seymour Hoffman. My favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman movie was “Almost Famous.” The movie is set in the 1970s. William Miller is 15 years old. He wants to be a rock critic and to write for Rolling Stone magazine. So, he pretends to be an adult, and he tours with a rock band. He writes about them, and in the process, he learns some very valuable lessons about life. In the film, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays rock critic Lester Bangs, who wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone. He befriends and mentors young William. At one point, on a Saturday night, William is having a crisis, and he calls Lester. William is shocked to find Lester Bangs is home — on a Saturday night. “You’re home?” William says. To which Lester Bangs responds: “I’m always home. I’m uncool.” “So am I!” says William. Then, Lester Bangs says: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world …