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Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent

Ulysses Press
September 01, 2010

Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent Overview

Pounding the cracked streets of Brooklyn under the soles of their worn-out Vans, sporting skinny jeans, plaid shirt and sun-sheltering fedora, the ubiquitous big city hipster — half-drunk from three PBR tall boys and a lunch of cigarettes — has joined the grand tradition of America’s counterculture icons. Hippies spread their free love. Punks screamed their lawless anger. And now, hipsters sneer with ironic disdain. Detailing the rejectionism of everything anyone else thinks is cool, Stuff Hipsters Hate reveals the innermost secrets of the hipster. The Brooklyn-embedded authors offer an agonizingly researched and painfully funny guide to the unique snowflakes that comprise this mass movement. While the average dude might be content with his modest CD collection, comfy condo and lucrative job, the hipster lovingly peruses his vinyl collection and jumps from freelance gig to freelance gig. Whether they are hating on "places that have become a scene," "people who dance in crowded bars," or "other hipsters," this unwashed urban tribe has an endless well of scorn that makes for a bitingly hilarious read.


Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Frustrated by the Brooklyn hipster dating scene, freelance writers Ehrlich and Bartz recorded their observations of the subculture that spurned them in their popular blog. Assuming a tone of serious anthropological researchers, which is cute in small doses but quickly grows tiresome, they analyze hipster habits and beliefs like apparel (forgoing socks as "a testament to their rejection of mainstream, sock-wearing society"), mating (females prefer males "whose spindly legs barely support their concave chests") and grooming (favoring "practiced disarray"). Charts, drawings, and photos illustrate how hipsters determine the coolness of a music venue and the facial characteristics that prevent them from conventional attractiveness. Though Ehrlich and Bartz can point out hipsters' social contributions (a rejection of any cultural output that achieves popularity is "necessary for society to create new and varied forms of entertainment"), their contemptuous tone too often veers toward nastiness; anyone but other resentful hipster haters may find these scathing passages more snarky than funny. Photos.
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Book Info

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9781569758212
  • ISBN-10: 1569758212
  • Number of Pages: 160
  • Dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.55 (d)
  • Approx Price: $11.58
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