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The Hipster Activist in the Library

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Currently the most read story at the New York Times website is Kara Jessela's Sunday Styles report on the latest job trends amongst Williamsburg hipsters. According to Jessela, many of the (ironic) mustachioed boys and tattooed girls of Brooklyn—via Nebraska, usually—are turning to the library sciences to supplement their meager DJ incomes and finance their Goodwill shopping sprees. The librarian, says one interviewee, is becoming "more progressive and hipper":

Michelle Campbell, 26, a librarian in Washington, said that librarianship is a haven for left-wing social engagement, which is particularly appealing to the young librarians she knows. "Especially those of us who graduated around the same time as the Patriot Act," Ms. Campbell said. "We see what happens when information is restricted."

Ms. Campbell added that she became a librarian because it "combined a geeky intellectualism" with information technology skills and social activism.

Jessamyn West, 38, an editor of "Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out" a book that promotes social responsibility in librarianship, and the librarian behind the Web site librarian.net (its tagline is "putting the rarin' back in librarian since 1999") agreed that many new librarians are attracted to what they call the "Library 2.0" phenomenon. "It's become a techie profession," she said.

But the unintentional comedy award goes to Ms. Carrie Klein, a newly minted librarian who has abandoned the record industry's filthy lucre for a more academic existence:

"I wanted to do something different, something maybe more meaningful," said Carrie Klein, 36, who used to be a publicist for a record label and for bands such as Radiohead and the Foo Fighters, but is now starting a new job in the library at Entertainment Weekly (emphasis added, though probably unnecessary).

Whole story here .

(Photo: Random hipsters found via Google. I cannot guarantee that they are librarians, though I assure you that they are really annoying.)

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  1. Libraries heh heh heh. How quaint.

  2. Just shelve the books.

  3. We see what happens when information is restricted.
    While I am certainly no defender of the Patriot Act, I would be curious to know what information she thinks is being restricted due to the Act.

  4. Beh, I’d take the crime back in a heartbeat for affordable housing in Brooklyn. How the hell do they afford to live in Brooklyn??!?

    Can someone please answer this? I’ve been living in this city for my whole life, I earn a decent salary, and I still cannot grasp how these shitheads afford to live in neighborhoods like williamsburg and park slope.

    Maybe I’m just jealous. What a bunch of wankers!!! AHHH HIPSTERS! I hate ’em.

    Lightning Bolt is NOT a good band. Or Cool.

  5. “We see what happens when information is restricted.”

    “Excuse me Miss. Do you have the new Ann Coulter book?”

    Well at least they can cancel the subscription to
    REASON !

  6. “How the hell do they afford to live in Brooklyn??!?”

    80 people to an apartment.

    50%+ of salary on rent.

    Parents.

  7. The most annoying thing about hipsters is that some of their women are really, really cute.

  8. Good heavens! How many times can you misspell ‘libertarian’ in one article?

  9. The most annoying thing about hipsters is that some of their women are really, really cute.

    These new librarians look all hip and cute in the library. But when you take them out of their element, they don glasses and put up their hair.

  10. “library at Entertainment Weekly”

    To be fair, that probably *is* a pretty cool library of current pop-culture and media, with some business and tech material as well.

    As far as corporate libraries go, that could be a pretty sweet one. Certainly compared to the ones I’ve seen at the former Swiss Bank offices in Chicago and at Encyclopedia Britannica (which was cool for having perhaps a complete set of old print editions back to the 1700s, in addition to the stuff published externally).

  11. Sean,
    The mother and the father. oompa loompah doompity doo.

  12. although I have a friend who manages to live in Park Slope on a 2nd year paralegal salary. How? He lives in a room with no windows and 3 roommates. But it’s one badass brownstone.

  13. Holy SHIT!!

    My house mate in Portland dated a hipster and he was a hipster and she eventually became my house mate as well…

    AND now she is studying library science at UW!

    Note: She looks an awful like that girl with the white hat in the photo.

    Note 2: Library Science is how you get to be a data base administrator and make $200K a year. Maybe they are getting sick of having 79 roommates.

  14. Note 3: They maybe annoying but Interpol and Klaxons make good music.

  15. That article had a lot of “law firm librarians” which is a little surprising since law firms tend to have rather small physical libraries these days.

  16. I cannot guarantee that they are librarians, though I assure you that they are really annoying

    really mike? Do YOU live in williamsburg?

    doesnt mean you’re not partly right. Hipsters are in fact no different than ‘normals’. They just wear funny clothes. Normals are mostly annoying too.

  17. I live quite close to a “hipster” neighborhood. I can sit on the front porch of my apartment and have a good game of Hipster Bingo by just watching who goes by on the sidewalk.

  18. Every time I see the word “librarian” I think it says “libertarian”…

  19. I still cannot grasp how these shitheads afford to live in neighborhoods like williamsburg and park slope.

    What do you mean by expensive? I’ve lived here for 8 years now. Most people pay 1200-1600 for a 1 bedroom solo, or split it with a buddy or 2 for extra reasonableness. Thats not much different than most of the island. Some people got in early with loft space and still spend $400 apiece, and trade space with groups of friends. Its not easy if you’re *looking*, i agree. It used to be easier 5 years ago. But I got in easy and still pay ~$1100 for 900sq feet right on bedford ave near the train. Wburg is no different than most of the city, really.

  20. I’m really not sure why hipsters are so objectionable to Moynihan. Weigel and Sanchez could probably be counted as hipsters, and they are two of Reason’s best and brightest.

    “Michelle Campbell, 26, a librarian in Washington, said that librarianship is a haven for left-wing social engagement, which is particularly appealing to the young librarians she knows. ‘Especially those of us who graduated around the same time as the Patriot Act,’ Ms. Campbell said. ‘We see what happens when information is restricted.'”

    The horror! Young people who find the Patriot Act distasteful!

  21. “That article had a lot of “law firm librarians” which is a little surprising since law firms tend to have rather small physical libraries these days.”

    The librarians probably know the electronic databases being used and do searches for the lawyers.

    Librarians – they’re not just about books anymore.

  22. and do searches for the lawyers

    Because they’re never around when you need one.

  23. Ashish

    The horror! Young people who find the Patriot Act distasteful!

    It tastes like tofu George, brown rice and tofu.
    Now Freedom and Liberty they taste like foies gras and bacon wrapped grilled shrimp.

  24. new acronym alert

    LILF

  25. Weigel and Sanchez could probably be counted as hipsters, and they are two of Reason’s best and brightest.

    I agree with half of this sentence.

  26. A good friend of mine got a Master’s in Library Science or whatever it was. She never spent more than a day outside of college working in a Library though. Her first job was tech support for Lotus.
    She must have been a trendsetter as she was a Austin hipster-Librarian from way back (Austin outdoes Williamsburg again, deal with it)

    Lightning Bolt is NOT a good band
    no, no, NO!

  27. Jon H. Generally, lawyers do the searches themselves in LexisNexis and WestLaw, and if they need help, they call those companies reps and get them to do the searches for free.

    I think Sanchez is a hipster, but Weigel is more just a big music nerd.

    Also, Randolph, paralegals can make relatively big bucks if they pull 10-20 hours overtime.

  28. I went to library school and have an MLS. It’s not that there are no attractive librarians, it’s just that the peaks are very sharp and the lows are deep and very, very wide…

    Corporate librarians make out like bandits and it is mostly about managing electronic resources. Pay an idiot to muck about for minimum wage or have a trained professional do it in a few minutes? Time is money, baby.

    As for hipsters… their women may be cute, but I can bet you they aren’t satisfied….

  29. It’s unfortunate the Times focused on the shallow end of such an important career field.

    Librarians are the filters that separate empty information from useful research, yet appearance wins out over substance once again.

  30. Hipster dude on the right looks older than me. I had some ill-advised facial hair back in like 94 or something which I retroactively declare ironic.

    If you’ve got light hair it doesn’t look cool. It just looks like you need to wash your face.

  31. I think Sanchez is a hipster, but Weigel is more just a big music nerd.

    Huh???

    WTF do you think a hipster is?!?!

  32. Joshua Corning, you have made me weep with the realization of what I am.
    For bonus points (of shame): what do I reference with my nom-de-plume?

  33. Hipster does not equal Music Nerd.

  34. I’m really not sure why hipsters are so objectionable to Moynihan. Weigel and Sanchez could probably be counted as hipsters, and they are two of Reason’s best and brightest.

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Moynihan styles himself as one as well. Hipsters loathe hipsters in general. It is a loathing born of terror – the sight of a cliche-bedecked hipster on the trailing edge of the day’s trends reminds them that uncoolness, like death, can be fled from but never truly escaped.

  35. Hipster does not equal Music Nerd.

    true, but…

    Music nerd of Weigel’s age and presumed musical tastes does equal hipster.

    Dude look at the pale green shirt he has on at the Ron Paul interview!!!

    Pure hipster.

  36. What is really surprising is that it took them 12 years to catch up with the Indie/Hipster Goddess herself,Parker Posey

  37. Oh, Mr. Corning, arbiter of hipness vs. hipsterness, am I am hipster if I am wearing a shirt asking the question “What would Henry Rollins do?” and my 5 favorite bands are:
    Dead Kennedys
    Modest Mouse
    The Clash
    Interpol
    and
    Black Flag?

  38. Oh, oh, I also ride a very old bicycle!

  39. While I am certainly no defender of the Patriot Act, I would be curious to know what information she thinks is being restricted due to the Act.

    I wrote a long response to this over on MetaFilter. The short answer is “it doesn’t, really” the long answer is “it might, depending how you frame the question” (and yeah that’s me quoted in the article, I’m no hipster)

  40. I cannot guarantee that they are librarians, though I assure you that they are really annoying.

    Yes, but are they Killer Lesbians On the Prowl? You know, because I only worry about trends that pose an imminent threat to The American Way of Life.

    Indy hipster librarians — not going to make “The Factor” …

  41. natural side-boob is SO hot.

  42. yeah that’s me quoted in the article, I’m no hipster

    … she says, drinking a latte in her cat-eye glasses …

  43. Oh, Mr. Corning, arbiter of hipness vs. hipsterness, am I am hipster if I am wearing a shirt asking the question “What would Henry Rollins do?” and my 5 favorite bands are:
    Dead Kennedys
    Modest Mouse
    The Clash
    Interpol
    and
    Black Flag?

    That one is easy. No.
    You are an out of date old punk.
    Even a Green Milk From Planet Orange t-shirt wouldn’t get you in the club.

    (me, old and hip)

  44. The onion beats reason to the punch once more:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38040
    “I don’t understand why everyone’s so up in arms about some unruly librarians.”

  45. This is my favorite part: “librarianship is a haven for left-wing social engagement”
    Didn’t Ray Bradbury and George Orwell predict that one years ago?

  46. BTS,

    Disqualified for implicitly prefering Interpol to Joy Division.

  47. Librarians have pretty much always been left-wing, and socially progressive. Just today I overheard some older librarians complaining that younger librarians had no idea about what they did back in the 60s and 70s to keep information free. 🙂

    Hipsters are just hippies two generations later.

  48. “Hipsters are just hippies two generations later.”

    Yes, but they are ironic hippies.

  49. Oh, Mr. Corning, arbiter of hipness vs. hipsterness, am I am hipster if I am wearing a shirt asking the question “What would Henry Rollins do?” and my 5 favorite bands are:
    Dead Kennedys
    Modest Mouse
    The Clash
    Interpol
    and
    Black Flag?

    Fuck if all hell i know….I am surprised you named 5 bands i have heard of.

    I am the same guy who was defending Nixon like 3 hours ago…and as Nixon had the ability to spot a dirty hippy without knowing who Hendrix was I can spot an annoying hipster without knowing the lead singer of Modest Mouse.

  50. “am I am hipster if I am wearing a shirt asking the question “What would Henry Rollins do?””

    Answer: it depends on whether you actually like Black Flag or the Rollins Band. If you do, then you’re OK. If you’re wearing a t-shirt of a band you don’t like, you might be a hipster.

  51. Oooh, Neu Mejican,
    but I’m only 22. Am I still “old” or merely “old fashioned”?

  52. Down With Hipsters,
    I fucking LOVE Rollins and Black Flag. I’m listening to “Get In the Van” right now. Amazing.

  53. the whole hipster question is about authenticity.

    And as Baudrillard let us know, there’s no such thing. So I guess Hipsters are all simulacrae of some kind of Platonic hipsterdom ideal.

  54. The guy lighting a smoke in the background looks suspiciously like my cousin John. He ain’t no hipster but he does drink a lot.

  55. If you can’t name one non-single song by the band of the t-shirt you are wearing, you are a hipster.

  56. I can’t believe I read an article about Williamsburg jackasses and actually found quotes from insufferable jackasses who think their opinions on grown up matters actually count! What next??!!

  57. You people really have no idea what you are talking about.

    The guy who owns the bookstore on my corner wrote this. It’s good. Decide for yourself which are the jokes are which arent. if any. =

    http://www.hipsterhandbook.com/

    Also, keep your eyes open for this, nyr’s =

    http://www.williamsburgthemusical.com/

  58. Gilmore, that first link reminds me of the time that someone at Sub Pop records invented a new slang term and told “mainstream press” reporters that it was some sort of grunge in-crowd thing. It’s a shame I can’t remember the word…

  59. “Lightning Bolt is NOT a good band. Or Cool.”

    this is the wrongest statement ever uttered on hit and run. this is freeper wrong.

    you should be ashamed of yourself.

    ps i went to 77 drums this weekend. it was amazing.

    http://www.viceland.com/77BOADRUM/

  60. There are a lot of hipsters in my circle, and while I found them pretentious and annoying at first sight, they’re generally quite nice when you get to know them.

    PS. They’re super easy to spot. Just look for fashion from forty years ago or earlier.

  61. also we all know hipster is a term like yuppie, right? it’s a derided other.

  62. ps i went to 77 drums this weekend. it was amazing.

    looks like you just outed yourself Hipster
    load your complementary Sapporo Beer shopping bag with officially licensed Boredoms merchandise?

  63. They’re super easy to spot. Just look for fashion from forty years ago or earlier.

    Good heavens! By that criterion, I’d be considered a hipster!

    I say the only decent thing to do is confront both Sanchez and Weigel and ask them “Are you now or have you ever been a hipster?” If either deigns to reply, we can pretty safely rule him out.

    As for librarians, of the two people I have ever known with library science degrees, one has been a corporate hireling for over twenty years and the other I remember chiefly for once telling me “You can’t condemn fascism on the basis of a few bad fascists.”

  64. “You can’t condemn fascism on the basis of a few bad fascists.”

    Hipster

  65. From Jessamyn’s metafilter post…

    I think it was a throwaway line or she was misquoted accidentally through compression of some of her ideas.

    Or she’s, you know, dim. I’m not saying that’s definitely the case; I’m just saying we can’t really rule it out.

  66. Good heavens! By that criterion, I’d be considered a hipster!

    Our DAR sports a perfect foppish tophat and full handlebar moustache as he gads about in full dandy regalia. Often, as he cycles about, hipsters gaze upon him in wonder. They then, their confidence shaken to the core, become extremely down on themselves.

  67. also we all know hipster is a term like yuppie, right? it’s a derided other.

    More times than I care to remember, I’ve had the mind-scrambling experience of having one obvious hipster tell me another hipster is “A fucking hipster.”

  68. “load your complementary Sapporo Beer shopping bag with officially licensed Boredoms merchandise?”

    i thought the shopping bag cost money? i didn’t actually buy anything but beer. for five bucks an oversized can it wasn’t the worst deal i ever got at a show.

    and of course it was fucking ridiculously good, despite shoe dancing man with the tie dye shirt.

    and joke about dandy regalia all you want, i think it’s coming back.

  69. jessamyn | July 9, 2007, 8:04pm | #

    (and yeah that’s me quoted in the article, I’m no hipster)

    I let the picture speak for itself:

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1044/672533296_ae3796453b.jpg?v=0

    HIPSTER!

  70. “also we all know hipster is a term like yuppie, right? it’s a derided other.”

    So what do hipsters call themselves? Or do they not acknowledge membership in a definable social group, because that would be un-hip?

    I was made aware of hipsters as a group not long ago by a couple friends of mine, both of whom are dangerously close to being hipsters (I’d say they live in the suburbs outside of Hipsterville, but they wouldn’t like to be associated with suburbs). Now I’m seeing hipsters everywhere, kind of like dead people, in the college town where I live.


  71. Disqualified for implicitly prefering Interpol to Joy Division.

    Glad somebody said it. The only reason I’m sure Ian Curtis is dead is that those ponces keep putting albums out.

  72. So what do hipsters call themselves? Or do they not acknowledge membership in a definable social group, because that would be un-hip?

    When I was in high school my friends and I despised what was known in the day as cliques. People began to refer to our group as the Unclique Clique.

    Is that how it works?

    My friend Jennifer might be a hipster, I’m never sure. She claims her blog is nothing but self absorption and hipster doofus irony.

  73. I don’t know, but evidently she’s related to hobbits.

  74. is Doofus a latin-root word that should be pluralized as Doofi, or is it just a word that happens to end in us?

  75. do they not acknowledge membership in a definable social group, because that would be un-hip?

    Yes. Gravely un-hip. Unworthy of not being called a hipster even.

  76. Richard,
    Who’s the hipster now!?

    Also, the 2nd and 3rd (new album) don’t really sound too much like Joy Division. Early stuff though, well shit, ‘could have been a clone of the “Ideal For Living” EP

  77. I’ll admit it, I own the first two. 🙂 I bake my own bread, so maybe more hippie than hipster?

    Hm – if irony is the key, every serious Primus fan is probably going to have to kill him or herself.

  78. is Doofus a latin-root word that should be pluralized as Doofi…

    Apparently it is. She wrote about the Prince gig ($300.00 a pop) on June 29th at the Roosevelt Hotel in LA and used the following sentence:

    There were probably about 200 people in the audience. It was an older, more white crowd than I expected — mostly hipster doofi.

  79. “”””. “Especially those of us who graduated around the same time as the Patriot Act,” Ms. Campbell said. “We see what happens when information is restricted.””””

    What happens when what information is restricted?

    I read the full story and I’m still not sure what she means.

  80. I’m not sure I would be a librarian if my parents paid my way. But then again, if your parents are paying your way, why not just find the easiest thing there is? Librarian certainly qualifies. At least the somewhat intelligent hipsters are archivists, which is sort of like a librarian, but you have to actually know what you’re talking about.

  81. Music nerd may come close to equalling hipster in some coastal big cities, but outside that niche it just embarrasses those with the circumscribed tastes only a “cosmopolitan” could have.

    I’m enough of a music nerd to pontificate about the respects in which Colin Meloy’s Tarkio songwriting was better than much of his Decembrists stuff. I know the core hipster music, and a fair amount is interesting, but most of the most lauded albums come across as gratingly tacky. “Plans” sucked. “Funeral” was okay, but I never wanted to play it much. “Twin Cinema” was good, but kept reminding me of much better poppy prog-rock albums from around the time I was born, which I often feel like playing. Lyrically, although hipsters make much of this aspect, their heroes are not even close to getting called up to the league of Aimee Mann or Gillian Welch (maybe Nashville hipster?) or Leonard Cohen or Elvis Costello or Billy Joel.

  82. Hipsters aren’t really into music. Knowledge of music is just part of their vanity, and it’s really no different than the fake tits and tans of the former sorority-girl set.

  83. I am that rare breed: The conservative Libertarian librarian.

  84. I am that rare breed: The conservative Libertarian librarian.

    So you think all public funding for libraries should be cut, right?

  85. I think the only time I ever hear about hipsters is when people whine endlessly about them.

  86. she’s related to hobbits

    libertarian hobbits

    🙂

  87. Although admittlably, I find it fun to verbally beat the shit out of them too.

  88. BTS,

    Oooh, Neu Mejican, but I’m only 22. Am I still “old” or merely “old fashioned”?

    Just an outta date punk (in the original sense of the word)…and listening to the most obvious choices from 25 years ago and the most obvious choices from today.

    Quit listening to your old man’s album collection and find something new and interesting. Better yet, find some friends and do it yourself.

    (me: old, hip, and cranky)
    Last years (SOOOO last year) winners of the hipster band competition
    http://www.myspace.com/johnnyboyuk
    http://www.rockplazacentral.com/

    You ain’t a music hipster if you don’t have a copy of Blue Daisies “Wilt.”

    http://www.netsoundsmusic.com/nsudsii/2/302192422/2041/2.html

  89. You ain’t a music hipster if you don’t have a copy of Blue Daisies “Wilt.”

    You’re a daisy if ya do.

  90. BTS,

    For context, when I was 20-22 I was in hit and run punk clubs doing shows with people like this

    http://www.myspace.com/texandthehorseheads

    Did see Black Flag at the Sancho Brother Wrestling Hall in El Paso in 1984 — but I was at the show to see Saccharine Trust & the Rhythm Pigs. Can’t remember where I saw the Dead Kennedys play that year…but I am old.

  91. TWC,

    You’re a daisy if ya do.

    Well, just cuz they were the coolest upper class industrial avant-queer punk band of 1985 doesn’t mean their fans were sissies or nuthin…

    ;^)

  92. Personally, I’m offended. There’s a guy in the background of that picture LIGHTING UP!

  93. Not a lighter. Mustache mirror.

  94. “I let the picture speak for itself:

    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1044/672533296_ae3796453b.jpg?v=0

    HIPSTER!”

    No hipster would be caught dead in those earrings she’s wearing,

    “Hipsters aren’t really into music. Knowledge of music is just part of their vanity, and it’s really no different than the fake tits and tans of the former sorority-girl set.”

    Oh come on. Sure there is a lot of vanity involved and it can be really, really annoying to deal with. But generally speaking I think people who go to the trouble to learn about music history and keep up with current music, really are into the music.

    Is the expression “poseur” still in use at all? I think it might apply to what you described, Lamar.

  95. BTS,

    For context, when I was 20-22 I was in hit and run punk clubs doing shows with people like this

    http://www.myspace.com/texandthehorseheads

    Did see Black Flag at the Sancho Brother Wrestling Hall in El Paso in 1984 — but I was at the show to see Saccharine Trust & the Rhythm Pigs. Can’t remember where I saw the Dead Kennedys play that year…but I am old.
    I used to be the drummer for X, but I got kicked out after I fucked Karen Carpenter.

  96. One time I got kicked out of a Beat Happening concert for groping Calvin Johnson and headbutting Heather Lewis in the face.

  97. Glenn Danzig got the idea for the song “Where Eagles Dare” while I was giving him a curb job on some filthy street in Rutherford, New Jersy.

  98. While I was the tour manager for The Minutemen’s stage tour through Europe, I was watching the show when I look over to see a fully-stuffed diaper fly towards my face. Covered in shit, I look over to see D. Boon laughing so hard that he stopped playing but I was about on my third sleepless day of my amphetamine binge and so I was too distracted by the colors of the room for it to bother me too much.

  99. If you where to go to the Saint Rose Cemetery in Littleton, NH and dig up GG Allin’s grave and try to steal his body, you’ll find that someone already beat you to the touch.

  100. and by “someone” I mean “me”

  101. After being The Minutemen’s tour manager (they kicked me out after I they found out I spent all of their gas money on Eightballs) I toured across the bible belt for a time in the Christian-Speedcore Cowpunk band Oedipus Rex. Although we managed to collect a small gathering, mostly from teens in the growing megachurch demographic, we never found much success; we only had one semi-hit (“Jesus is a Dirt Bike and the Road is Your Soul”) was mostly known for the fact that I would eat a live cat every night on stage.

  102. Eventually our band broke up for the same reason many bands break up; creative diffrences. My band mates wanted to rename the band Oedipus and the Mama’s Boys and move the music into a more progressive/experimental sound while I realized that being in a Christian band didn’t get me a lot of pussy.

  103. Matt, Rich, and BTS: come on now. If you really knew your stuff, you’d now that Interpol ape The Chameleons UK at least as much as Joy Division. Listen to their song “In Shards” and then any song on Turn on the Bright Lights. Shocking.

    P.S. The Chameleons’ song “Swamp Thing” is one of the 10 or 20 best rock songs ever recorded. That is not hyperbole.

  104. Debates over what does and doesn’t make a hipster a hipster is so….five years ago. Remember that time? Just when douchebags started liking the Flaming Lips and ruined it for me?

    Get with it Reason nerds.

  105. Oh yeah, one more thing: fuck hipsters, and their ironic dance parties. I actually LIKE Madonna and Warren G. They can even ruin wearing cool glasses, riding bikes, and drinking margaritas on weeknights.

  106. They can even ruin wearing cool glasses, riding bikes, and drinking margaritas on weeknights.

    They ruin EVERYTHING they touch because they implicitly give everything they “like” a loserish quality to it because everyone knows they only like things that they hate.

    A few years ago I bought an Alabama t-shirt at a thrift store, because I thought it would be funny to wear an Alabama t-shirt, but I never wore it once. Why? Because I fucking hate Alabama!

    Of course, another quality of a hipster is hatred of hipsters, so I guess we’ve all been outed.

  107. Reminds me of that satire article “Two Hipsters Angrily Call Each Other Hipster” It’s gotten brutal out there in Philly. I’d like to think that there is a Bizarro Michael who weighs 110 lbs., only listens to Man Man (except during dance parties), is a member of some sort of “collective,” and who I can choke with hoodie laces. I will then celebrate with champagne, steak, and a Ron Paul YouTube clip. Maybe a particularly sleazy Rolling Stones song.

  108. I’m not a librarian but I am a libertarian who works in a library. A private one, just in case anyone thinks I’m sponging off the taxpayer. 🙂

  109. is Doofus a latin-root word that should be pluralized as Doofi, or is it just a word that happens to end in us?

    All I know is Doofus is the best comic strip ever.

  110. Lots of stuff about bands people claim to have seen, things they claim to have done, and when…

    Call me an old hipster if you want, but i was there when Rick Springfield brought his Tao tour to the Orange County Fair AND the Brendan Byrne Arena (screw you kids and your fancy “Continental Airlines Arena”).

    Wait…did I just say that out loud?

  111. Jon H.

    I was watching the show when I look over to see a fully-stuffed diaper fly towards my face. Covered in shit, I look over to see D. Boon laughing so hard that he stopped playing

    You’re THAT guy. I always wondered what happened to you.

    Funny shit.
    (^_^)

  112. “do they not acknowledge membership in a definable social group, because that would be un-hip?”

    well, what do you and your friends call each other?

    same idea. at least in the city, one positive is that unlike many other “definable social groups” – guidos, thugs, etc – 120lb kids in silly t shirts aren’t going to pick fights with anyone.

    ps brendan byrne forever

  113. My friends and I call each other the Van Buren Boys. Whatta ya gonna do about it?

  114. probably laugh and call you nerds for naming yourself after a rather forgettable president?

  115. This must be an under-thirty thing.

  116. Me: “Hey, hipster.”

    Hipster, turning around: “I’m not a hipster.”

  117. One of my favorite poster ads of all time is the Pony ad (the shoe company) with the athlete lighting a cigarette from the olympic torch.

  118. Actually, no I don’t. It’s one of the places I break with Libertarian ideology. Though I do work at a private university library instead of a public institution.

  119. God bless ya, Vanesssa. When 90% of those hipsters are soccer moms and couldn’t give a shit about music, you’ll see my point. I guess I’m just old enough to have seen a couple of generations of hipsters lose interest in music when they cease caring about being hipsters.

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  121. Excuse me, but this is a photo of myself from 5 years ago. Please take it down immediately. Also, I’m not annoying nor a hipster

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