Posted by Jason Diamond
Everybody I know has been called a hipster at least once. If you wear canvas shoes, you’re a hipster. If you’re in your 20s, you’re a hipster. If you live in Brooklyn, Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, Austin or Berlin, then yeah, you’re a hipster. If you’re writing a novel and your main influence is David Foster Wallace, you’re a hipster. If you life goal is to become a yuppie, then you my friend are a hipster — and somewhere out there, somebody hates you and your hipster ways.
I guess there’s no running away from it. You can pull the whole Woody Allen by way of Groucho Marx defense and say you don’t want to be a member of any club that would want to include you, but then you’d just be exposing yourself as a hipster yet again.
So whether you want to admit to being a hipster or not, 2010 saw a bunch of books that could help you cope. The only one we really liked was written by Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz (pictured above), Stuff Hipsters Hate. It was self-aware and satirical enough to make us think that yes, there are some Tumblr-to-book people out there who deserve the deals.
N+1 also put out a book about hipsters — about how the hipster is dead, or has stopped evolving or something. We like N+1 and are willing to trust them, and we’re willing to read the excerpt in New York Magazine, just like everybody else did, but would we buy a copy of the book? Eh, sorry, but we’re in a recession.
I wondered if Andrea and Brenna had read the book, and if they knew that N+1 claimed that they’re people we’re over? They answered.
Okay, so N+1 put out a book called “What was the Hipster?” Do you think they were truly looking for an answer to that question or was it rhetorical?
A: My favorite part was when the n+1 kid said that the goal of the original New York panel (the one that preceded the book) was to determine whether hipsterdom is a white supremacy movement.
A: I agree — one need only wander down Metropolitan to see that creative, urban pretty young things with eccentric clothing and unconventional living arrangements are still going strong. The hipster label and associated hallmarks (skinny jeans, plaid, et al) will eventually fade out and others will take their place. That’s fine. That’s how countercultures work.