Mon 26 Nov 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

We get tough love from the Chicago Reader.

Are we hipsters? Hadn’t really considered us that way . . .

Q. Do you have a cool car?

A. Hipsters use the subway and taxis.

Q. Are your tastes impeccably aligned with next month’s Pitchfork columnists?

A. Pitchfork is so Aughts.
Q. Did you see that show by ____ at ____ last night?

A. I used to like them but since they went _____ they kind of suck.

Q. Where do you get your hair done?

A. Hey, I just woke up?

Q. You know it’s 3.08 PM and you’re in a shirt and tie at work, right?

A. Pass.


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  1. Gwenda on November 26th, 2007 4:55 pm

    What a very odd review–almost reads as if the person is unfamiliar with the concept of zine.

  2. Meghan on November 26th, 2007 5:17 pm

    no one likes to deny that they’re a hipster more than a hipster.

    BUT, the thing that signifies hipsterdom isn’t generally an enthusiasm for teas.

  3. lcrw on November 26th, 2007 5:32 pm

    We’re all about deniability.

    Do we publish a zine? Maybe. Do we like grapes and grape products? It depends. What about if they are sour? We refuse to recognize the existence of sour grapes. All grapes can be made into wine, and wine = good.

    A deep esoteric knowledge of the finer things in life (Yo la Tengo 7″s for example) is the most important signifier of hipsterdom.

    Knowing what tea to order (the monkey-picked oolong) after a long night of slouching casually by the bar sipping the latest microbrew is incredibly important. To us. Of course.

  4. Christopher on November 26th, 2007 5:47 pm

    Wait, am I supposed to be rolling my eyes at your tea choices or the fact that this reviewer apparently considers the fiction of Robert Holdstock to be “mindbending?”

  5. lcrw on November 26th, 2007 5:54 pm

    Rolling eyes does make it hard to read.

    It’s not that bad a review and she likes Octavia Butler, Tolkein, Borges, Nalo, and other good writers. That she (among others) found the extraneous material weird was expected. Why is it there anyway? (Because it can be.)

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