Authenticity and Glamour

"The very air, untroubled and unchanged, was familiar and the high school and grammar school with their sober facades. He felt in a way superior to it all and at the same time beholden.

Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, Jr. in Navy cap and leisurewear. From the JFK Library Archives.

Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, Jr. in Navy cap and leisurewear. From the JFK Library Archives.

His uniform hung in the closet and his cap was on the shelf above. He had worn them when he was Mr. Bowman, a junior officer but respected and even admired. Long after the uniform had lost its authenticity and glamour, the cap, strangely, would still have its power." (14)

 

Salter, James. All That Is. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

 

What is it about the cap? A soldier at home after The War.