What Was the Hipster?: The Index

A

A priorism, 8–10, 61, 152–153 Advertisements, 35, 121 Air Supply, 54 Alife, 9, 137–139 American Apparel, 9, 43, 73, 88 Americana, 9, 147. See also Kitsch Anderson, Laurie, 19 Anderson, Wes, films of, 10, 19 Asslessness, 96, 121 Authenticity: childhood as, 17; culture of, 40; drugs as, 145; hipster lack of, 82, 87, 93; of hipster women, 26, 125; and hipsterdom, 52–53, 166; in photography, 127. Seealso Bedbugs Avant-garde, xvii, 7, 83, 109, 123


B

Baffler, The 141 Baio, Scott, 51–52, 86. See also Charles in Charge Bangs (hairstyle): 130, 133, 173; perfectly asymmetrical, 85; side, 123; short, 124 Baldwin, James, “The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy,” 103–104 Bar, 57, 142, 144, 171; called Žižek, 71, 73; that one in France, 37; tending, 147, 162(see also Hipster jobs); Welcome to the Johnsons, 147 Barbès Records, 25–26 Beat, ix–x, 79 Bedbugs, 52, 62, 65 Bedford Avenue, 28, 92, 95, 145; bike lane, 170–171, 176–183 Believer, The 10, 59. See also Dave Eggers Belle and Sebastian, 11, 19 Belt buckles, 38, 45, 147, 155 Bike: fixed-gear, 165; lane controversy (Hasidim vs. hipsters), 168–183; in suburbia, 20; trick, 137 Blackouts, New York City, 136–138 Bloomberg, Michael, 169–170, 177 Bobo (bourgeois bohemian), 36 Bohemia, 6, 12, 32–33, 36, 49, 62, 95, 142, 145; neo-, 5, 9, 49, 152 Bourdieu, Pierre, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, xv, 161; reflexivity, xvi, 82. See also Cultural capital Boutiques: baby, 176; Beverly Hills, 134; hipster, 10, 94–95, 142, 144 Brooks, David, Bobos in Paradise, 36 Bronques, Merlin, 128-131. See also Last Night’s Party Broyard, Anatole, 7–8, 98, 152–154 Bush, George W., 6, 40 Bushwick: gentrification of, 7, 30, 52, 87, 166; looting in, 136. See also Hipster neighborhoods


C

Cafe. See Coffee Capital, 150–151, 161, 166. See also Cultural capital; Income Capitalism, 40, 47–48, 62, 79, 81, 166; anti-, xvii, 54, 101; consumer, 5; online, 12< Capitol Hill, 7. See also Hipster neighborhoods Cardigans, 119, 124 Charles in Charge (discussion), 48–54, 84, 89 Charney, Dov, 88, 126. See also American Apparel Childhood: as hipster ideal, xvii, 10–11, 17, 51, 57–59, 101, 147; suburban, 20–21 Children: 29, 51, 165, 170, 181; as accessories, 57–59; say the darndest things, 92; “Somebody’s Gonna Get Pregnant,” 108. See also Dave Eggers Chillness, hipster, 131–134. See also Disaffected youth Class: creative, 29, 32, 40, 45–47, 94, 104, 142–143, 146; declassing, 9, 18, 38, 100, 161; distinction (see Distinction); lower, 27, 39, 151; lower middle, 10, 31–32, 161; middle, xvi–xvii, 25, 108, 141, 147–150, 161–162; mobility, 30–34, 141, 158, 162; upper, 26, 105, 138, 142–143, 146–147, 149, 151, 158, 161–162; upper middle, 32–33,  171; working, 30, 99 Cobain, Kurt, xii–xiii, 5, 21–22 Cobra Snake, The (Mark Hunter), 128–134 Cocaine, 23, 67, 132. See also Drugs Coffee, 46, 50, 142–143; -shops, 5, 30, 32, 47, 94, 166 College, x, 33, 105, 141–142; -educated hipsters, 94, 147, 160–161. See also High school Conservatism: 137; as elitism, 84; “The New Conservatives,” 155–157 Co-optation, ix, 16, 26, 36, 72, 79, 80, 117, 154 Counterculture, xvii, 97, 146. See also Subculture Cultural capital (Pierre Bourdieu), 79, 161–163 Crimethinc, 46, 72


D

De La Soul, 107, 109 Debt: credit card, 15, 23, 143; national, 43–44, 86; to society, 121 Declassing. See Class Digital: cameras, 126–127, 129; media, 27 Disaffected youth, 39, 40, 130 Disaffiliation, 7, 9, 25–26, 69, 120, 158 Distinction, xi, 13, 28, 47–48,  94, 105–106, 146, 160, 162. See also Pierre Bourdieu Douchebag: 114-121; fratty, 116; “hipster,” 119; John Mayer as, 120 Drugs, ix, 23, 26, 67, 132, 145, 182


E

Echo Park, 7, 134. See also Hipster neighborhoods Eggers, Dave, 11, 57–59; A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, 10 Ellison, Ralph, 153; Invisible Man, 7 Ethnicity, 100, 108, 148–149, 152; hipsterism as, 146–149, 151–158; “unmeltable ethnics” (Michael Novak), 10, 56, 158


F

Facebook, 27, 70, 80 Fashion: industry, 41, 70, 82, 95, 108, 124, 134, 147, 149, 159; spreads, 145; vintage, 12, 132–135; websites, 128, 132–133, 135. See also Hipster fashion Feminism, 55, 97, 101, 155 Fetishization: of ethnicity, 10, 99, 159; of media, 127, 164 Flaming Lips, The, 11 Flannel, 24, 89, 118, 134, 164. See also Hipster fashion Florida, Richard, The Rise of the Creative Class, 45 Frank, Thomas, xv, 12


G

Gentrification, 29–30, 45, 94–95, 136–138, 141–145, 166. See also Hipster neighborhoods Giuliani, Rudy, 136 Glasses: aviator, 9; dark, 129, 153; horn-rimmed, 130, 134; men with, 65, 89; Ray-Ban, 133; Sally Jesse Raphael, 96 Grunge, xii, 5, 118


H 

Hats: fedora, 141, 173; trucker, xi, 9, 87, 147, 155, 173; Zorro-style, 92 High school, 49, 97, 98, 115, 134, 144, 160–161 Hip-hop, 97, 106–111; conscious, 109. See also Rap Hippie, ix–x, xii, xiv, 7, 79, 107, 118, 143, 145, 156 Hipster: anti-, 25, 27, 29–30, 92–94; “Blipster” (contemporary black hipster), 108-109; as bogeyman, viii, 30, 82, 109; boutiques, 10, 94–95, 142, 144; as consumer, 5–6, 12–13, 40, 48, 144 –145, 165; definitions of, 4–13, 61–63, 83; ethnicity of, 108,146–  149, 151–158; fantasies of, xi, 38, 100, 104, 135, 145–148; fashion, viii, x–xi, xiii, 27–  28, 41, 50–51, 82, 88, 95, 108, 123–124; 131–135, 147–148, 153–154 159,164, 167; of  the ’40s and ’50s, ix–x, 7–8, 97–98, 101, 148, 152–155; global, ix, 25–29, 70–71, 80,  151; as homogenizing force, 27–29, 47; jobs, 5, 30, 41, 44, 73, 93, 125, 135, 147, 151,  162, 166; men, 25, 59, 92, 95–96, 124, 155–157, 164; neighborhoods, ix, 6–7, 15, 18,  30, 41, 52, 87–88, 92–96, 166, 170–173, 175–183;sex life, 19–20; taste, 40, 57, 98–101,  122–123, 128; west coast, 63–67; white, 9–10, 32–34, 38, 94, 136–167; women, xiii,  101–102, 122–135


I

Identity, 9, 81–82, 119, 124, 149, 159 Income: compensation for lack of, 161–162; distribution, 34, 142; generational gaps in, 30, 42–44 Indie, 5, 21, 132, 135, 163 Inner Mission, 7. See also Hipster neighborhoods Intern, 30, 75, 131 Internet, 13, 22, 43, 117, 119, 159, 164–165; celebrity, 131–133; globalism, 27, 70,80, 133–135 Irony, 11, 18, 22, 25, 29, 30, 49, 68, 84, 87, 94, 99–100, 108, 109, 127, 144, 147, 181.See also White ethnic irony


J

Jägermeister, 115 Jamaica Plain, 7. See also Hipster neighborhoods Jameson, Frederic, 11 Jeans: loose, 118; skinny, 24, 28, 30, 70, 87, 92–94, 105, 108, 121, 124, 126, 134 Jews: Hasidic, 168–183; hipster, 154, 179, 181, 182; Orthodox, 141–142


K

Kennedy, Cory, 131–135 Kitsch, 9, 15; Caucasian, 148–149


L

L train, 85, 173 Lanham, Robert, The Hipster Handbook, 7, 32, 59–60 Last Night’s Party (website), 27, 128–131 Leg warmers, 50, 96 Leggings, 50 Lloyd, Richard, Neo-Bohemia, 5 Losing My Edge (LCD Soundsystem), 60–61 Lower East Side, ix, xvi, 6, 9, 128, 137–147, 149, 151,158–159, 165–166. See also Hipster neighborhoods LP record, 165


M

M train, 182–183 Mailer, Norman, xii, 31–33, 79, 103–104, 157–158; “The White Negro,” 7, 10, 38, 98, 153 Mainstream, viii, 5, 28, 31, 68, 79–80, 114, 118–121, 133, 160–163, 166, 173 Marketing, 5, 26, 80, 135, 138, 141, 145 Masculinity, 95, 121, 144, 156 Mayer, John, 119–120 McInnes, Gavin, 155–157 McSweeney’s, 11, 57–59. See also Dave Eggers Media opportunism. See Co-optation Midwestern sensibilities, 116, 147 Mustache: anachronistic, 24–25; 1970s, 38, 93, 118, 126; porno or pedophile, 9, 87


N

n+1 subscription. See You won’t regret it Neoliberalism, xvii, 150 1999, 4, 6, 9–12, 36, 43, 49, 50, 54, 61, 78, 87, 137, 141, 145, 147, 155 Ninjasonik, 108–109 Nirvana (band), 53, 86. Non-participation, 6, 74–75. See also disaffiliation Nostalgia: ’50s, 140–141; ’70s, 10, 25, 50, 126–127, 146–148; ’80s, 50, 96, 116; for childhood, 48–53; for genuine subculture, 28; for racial inequality, 19, 34–37; for social equality, 33–34


O

Obama, Barack, 6, 45, 167 Office, The, 119 Organic: food, 94; local scenes, 16, 80 Over-appreciated. See Charles in Charge (debate)


P

Pabst Blue Ribbon, 6, 45, 155 Pale, 19, 126, 132 Parental subsidy, 29, 87, 94, 135, 173 Pavement (band), 46, 63–64, 86 Photography, 28, 36, 122–135 Pitchfork (website), 25, 60, 89 Plateau, The, 7. See also Hipster neighborhoods Polaroid, 9, 125–129, 132–135 Politics, ix–xi, xvii, 6, 40, 56, 60, 71–75, 98, 101, 109, 156; quietism in, 6, 74–75 Poor people, 18, 39, 121, 141, 151, 161–162 Pornography: 87, 129; amateur, 78, 146; basement, 9–10, 126; pretentious, 144 Post-racial, x, 9, 19. See also Race Prince Paul, 109 Punk, xii, xiv, xvii, 5, 7, 9, 43, 108, 143, 147, 156, 160


Q

Queen Latifah, 107


R

Race, x, 9, 38, 98–99, 105, 146, 149, 155–158, 163; diversity of, 156 Rap: backpack, 107; gangsta, 109; so-called hipster, 107 Ray-Bans. See Glasses Reichian therapy, 31 Resistance, x, xiii, 79–80, 177 Responsibility, shirking of, 75, 104 Rhode Island School of Design, 118 Rich people, 18, 26, 105, 128, 138–139, 142, 147, 149, 151, 158, 162, 166 Riot grrrl, 55, 101, 123


S

Scarves, 164; keffiyeh, 118 Scenester, 128. See also Hipster Self-criticism, possible required generational exercise in, xv Self-image, 27, 81–82, 92, 114. See also Identity Self-loathing, 67, 179 Self-presentation, 81–82, 125, 127, 129, 132–134 Silverlake, 7, 134. See also Hipster neighborhoods Skater, 9, 93–94, 144–145, 160 Skinny: ass, 121; girls, 92, 95, 108, 131–132. See also Jeans Slurs, 117, 156–157 Sneakers, 9, 21, 28, 137–139, 143, 159. See also Alife Social networking, 27, 70, 80, 134. See also Facebook Socialites, 127, 129 Sociology, xiv, xv, 5, 130, 139, 151 Squares, 31, 153–154 Strokes, The, 11, 163 Suburban, 10, 20, 35, 42, 45, 146–150; computer-bound girls, 42–44, 132


T

T-shirt: 9, 16, 28, 50, 87, 92–93; community pig-roast, 147; ironic, xi, 93, 147–148vintage, 12 Tattoos, 9, 30, 128, 144, 165 Trucker hats. See Hats Twee, 19, 43, 60 Twentysomethings, 40, 92, 129. See also Young people


U

Uncle Tom, 107 Urban Outfitters, 16, 134


V

Vice (magazine), 9, 29, 144–145, 148–149, 155–157, 175 Vintage, 12, 132, 134–135, 143. See also Hipster fashion


W

Warhol, Andy, 99, 127, 130, 135 White: “culture,” xvi-xvii, 5–10, 19, 32–33, 56, 78, 99–101, 110, 136–137, 139–149, 154–  158, 163; ethnic irony, 25, 29, 99–100; privilege, 104, 142; trash, 99–100; “white flight,”  10, 148–149 White Stripes, The, 163 Whiteness studies, 100–101, 118 Wicker Park, 5. See also Hipster neighborhoods “Wifebeaters,” 9, 147 Williamsburg, ix, 6, 15, 18, 41, 88, 92–96, 145, 151, 157, 165, 170–173, 175–183. See also Hipster neighborhoods Winehouse, Amy, 163 Women, xii–xiv, 95, 100–102, 116, 122–126, 129–135, 164, 171, 173,


X

 XXL (magazine), 106–107


Y

You won’t regret it. See Reichian therapy Young people, 34, 39, 54–55, 95, 105, 128, 140, 143, 165, 173, 179 Yuppie, 21, 34, 105, 110, 165, 171


Z

Žižek, Slavoj, 71–74, 83, 86, 88; club called, 71. See also Bar Zombies, 145

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