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  • How to Live Without Irony (Hipster Irony)

    11/20/2012 11:21:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2012 | Christy Wimpole
    If irony is the ethos of our age and it is then the hipster is our archetype of ironic living. The hipster haunts every city street and university town. Manifesting a nostalgia for times he never lived himself, this contemporary urban harlequin appropriates outmoded fashions (the mustache, the tiny shorts), mechanisms (fixed-gear bicycles, portable record players) and hobbies (home brewing, playing trombone). He harvests awkwardness and self-consciousness. Before he makes any choice, he has proceeded through several stages of self-scrutiny. The hipster is a scholar of social forms, a student of cool. He studies relentlessly, foraging for what...