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Stuff Hipsters Hate: A Field Guide to the Passionate Opinions of the Indifferent Paperback – September 1, 2010
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The authors try to step back and give some analysis or larger perspective and occasionally say something lucid or insightful, but the laughs just aren't there, no matter how many "clever" graphs, charts or comics are inserted here and there throughout the book.
Not a bad book, but far, far from the brilliance of "Stuff White People Like," which is so obviously alluded to in the title.
I'm still not sure I understand hipsters very well, but this book is as close as I'm ever going to get. Ehrlich and Bartz are the Jane Goodalls of the hipster world. They have planted themselves in dimly lit bars, foggy music venues and coffee joints swimming in soy milk--the hipster's preferred habitats--to bring you a comprehensive understanding of this unusual creature.
These two are cultural anthropologists for a segment of society that seems contentedly (purposely?) misunderstood. They dig into the nitty gritty--sometimes dirty and hilarious--details of the hipster's bizarre life, from grooming habits to courtship rituals.
This book doesn't have to be read cover to cover. You can pick it up, skim it, put it back down, or read different parts.
It's a great read for sheer entertainment or for a dear friend who's hot on a skinny, elusive hipster and isn't sure how to lure him or her in--if ever there was hope to succeed in that impossible endeavor, it's in this book.
For the next three days, my friends, who are all from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, would gather over copious amounts of Czech beer and take turns reading the teeny tiny iphone screen with this book on it. It is, simply put, genius.
And here's what we found - if we substituted the Sarajevo equivalents for all the Brooklyn-specific references and bar names, what is described ARE OUR LIVES and the many hipster "ghosters" we dated.
So, as soon as I got back, I ordered 5 (oh, yes, FIVE) hard copies of this amazing book from Amazon to send to all aforementioned friends. We hope to pass them on to all the hipster pseudo-boyfriends in our lives.
I'd say this was the best 12 dollars I've ever spent on a book, but since I bought five, it was the best 60 dollars ever spent. Buy early and buy often. No regrets.
Bartz and Ehrlich document, chart, graph and illustrate the mating habits, grooming practices, clothing choices, preferred entertainment, and dating habits of the hipster. As modern-day cultural anthropologists, Bartz and Ehrlich observe their prey in their wild habitat and gently poke fun. Hipsters are generally defined by the authors as privileged twenty-somethings characterized by crazy style choices, terrible grooming habits, inability to commit, and a general air of apathy.
For all intents and purposes, they are overgrown children. Stuff Hipsters Hate isn't your average blog-to-book, one-trick pony, relying on one-line jokes and a couple of pictures to get through the required page count. Each section is carefully written with tongue-in-cheek humor and sarcastic wit. Definitely worth reading.
-Lanine Bradley, posted on Sacramento Book Review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly defines the "hipster" in a timeless sense and yet makes serious observational facts comical. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Courtney Page
I wanted a kitchy, fun coffee table type book with more snapshots for my friends who just moved to Portland. This was not it. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by SF Green
this reads like a "he said, so then, I said" schoolgirl note... but boring. I received this as a gift from someone who was trying to explain hipsters to me. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Patrick Joos
I was surprised and disappointed by how shallow and derogatory this book was in its description of hipsters. I lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the early 2000's. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Betsy Gansborg
Got this book for my brother in law. He and my sister love it and said it was so hilarious!! Great gift idea!Published on April 12, 2012 by J. Colarco
Light and fluffy reading but uses the word ironic way too much. I am left baffled after perusing this book-in the final analysis are hipsters supposed to be intellectual or... Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by BALLYGIRL87