So You Think You're a Hipster?

So You Think You're a Hipster?

Kara Simsek

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Cautionary case studies from the city streets

50 musings on the self-appointed cool kids taking over your towns.

Skinny jeans? Check. Non-essential prescription glasses? Check. Beanie hat balanced artfully on the back of your skull? Check. These items have become the uniform for a new breed of young people "hipsters" determined to take over cities with their "alternative” ways while overloading on irony and striving to be original and creative.

So You Think You're a Hipster? examines what it takes to become one of this ever-growing tribe of young urbanites. A series of hilarious case studies will identify typical examples of the subculture, helping you to avoid any future encounters with them. Take the vintage store worker who, at 35, still works selling worn sneakers and threadbare t-shirts for extortionate amounts and still dreams of one day getting his latest album reviewed on Pitchfork. Or the aspiring author who lugs around an old-fashioned typewriter to write down her inspirational musings at a moment's notice.