Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Are you a hipster?

And now for something a little light-hearted. I know, this has nothing to do with science, education or politics ... but we all need a break from seriousness sometime.

So I came across this strange little blue book at the library yesterday called "The Hipster Handbook" by Robert Lanham. Intrigued, I read the "11 Clues you are a Hipster":

1. You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn't won a game since the Reagan administration
(me, check. hoagieboy, check.)

2. You frequently use the term "postmodern" (or its commonly used variation "PoMo") as an adjective, noun and verb.
(no, but I will try sprinkling "PoMo" in my daily conversation ...)

3. You carry a shoulder-strap messenger bag and have at one time or another worn a pair of horn-rimmed or Elvis Costello-stye glasses.
(me, check. hoagieboy, halfcheck.)

4. You have refined taste and consider yourself exceptionally cultured, but have one pop vice (ElimiDATE, Quiet Riot, and Entertainment Weekly are popular ones) that helps to define you as well-rounded.
(Ok, I admit to being unable to turn off any VHI "Top 100" show. hoagie boy: hootie.)

5. You have kissed somehow of the same gender and often bring this up in casual conversation.
(me, no. hoagieboy, I have no idea, but if he has he doesn't talk about it.)

6. You spend much of your leisure time in bars and restaurants with monosyllabic names like Plant, Bound, and Shine.
(me, no. hoagieboy, swamp.)

7. You bought your dishes and a checkered tablecloth at a thrift shop to be kitschy, and often throw vegetarian dinner parties.
(me, half. hoagieboy, perhaps, with his new tofu fondness.)

8. You have one Republican friend who you always describe as being your "one Republican friend."
(me, Steve. hoagieboy, ?)

9. You enjoy complaining about gentrification even though you are responsible for it yourself.
(I had to look up that word, but I don't think so.)

10. Your hair looks best unwashed and you position your head on your pillow at night in a way that will really maximize your cowlicks.

11. You own records put out by Matador, DFA, Definitive Jux, Dischord, Warp, Thrill Jockey, Smells like Records, and Drag City.
(me, no. hoagieboy, I don't think so?)

Who knew? We are on our way to becoming hipsters. Finally, something to shoot for ...

- makigirl


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