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Teenage Hipster in the Modern World: From the Birth of Punk to the Land of Bush: Thirty Years of Apocalyptic Journalism Paperback – April 10, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0802170088 ISBN-10: 0802170080 Edition: 1ST

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat; 1ST edition (April 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170088
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the past 30 years, Jacobson has personified New Journalism, or, as one wag has described it, the Self-Interview. These 33 collected articles--published largely in New York, Village Voice, esquire, and Rolling Stone--put Jacobson in the middle of the action, whether it's taking a groin shot from blaxploitation goddess Pam Grier, gifting the Dalai Lama with a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball cap ("These Dodgers," exclaims the holy man, "they are exiles from their native country . . . like Tibetans!"), or hanging backstage with rock-'n'-roll legend Chuck Berry. That said, Jacobson's persona is transparent enough to allow full expression to his subjects, who also include gangsters, hipsters, reverends, cabbies (his 1975 New York magazine piece was apparently the basis for TV's Taxi), street folk, Republicans, and reggae singers. And Jacobson's smart, rich reportage is equally unobtrusive. In the process, he delivers nothing less than a riveting snapshot of life in the "modern world," particularly New York, these past three decades. Alan Moores
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mordechai Shinefield on August 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't know that I trust myself to review this book. It has become something like a bible for me. I crack it open for inspiration to write, or to see things from a new perspective. Like any retrospective, it judges the life work of a man, not just a brief moment of time. That said, Jacobson's writing is crisp and fresh throughout. It is hard to pinpoint when he is the best; because he is always the best. Each essay is perfect. Some scrape the edges of beyond perfection, where distinctions fall away and confusion sets in. Where one tries to process exactly how he recording all this brilliant information. This is the modern world I want to live in. Where gangsters, pimps, movie stars and holy men coexist. Where there is place for both the Dali Lama and Pam Grier. This is the world Jacobson lives in, and for a brief period of time, as you read this book, you live in it as well. Luckily, it isn't posthumous, so you can read his essays as they come out regularly. Maybe he is a journalist's journalist. Or a writer's writer. But he is my favorite journalist, and perhaps, my favorite writer. So lest I run from the realm of hero-worship into that of deification (and idol-worship) let me stop here. Read this book. You won't regret it.
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Mark Jacobson's "Teenage Hipster In The Modern World" is the first (and to date only) time I've been enticed to a book solely on the title. Came across it at my local Borders in June 2005 while gazing through the "journalism" section. The title caught my attention although I'd never heard of Jacobson. From reading the description on the back and gazing through it I became convicned it was worth the money. And it was.

The 413 page anthology covers Jacobson's career from the 70s through the early 2000s. The book is divided into sections; One for a section on public figures, one for spiritual and philosophical concerns, one for New York related stories and one for personal tales.

Jacobson is a New York journalist in the style of Pete Hamill and it shows in these pieces. For instance, "Night Shifting For The Hip Fleet" tells us about NYC cab drivers. Jacobson infuses the story with his own observations from when he was a cabbie himself. The article later served as the basis for the TV sitcom "Taxi".

In addition to profiles of Pam Grier (in her blaxpolitation days), Chuck Berry, Peter Tosh and rapper ODB, the public figures section includes a lengthy piece on Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas. That piece would later inspire the movie "American Gangster".

"How Summer Camp Saved My Life" is a personal reflection on his childhood summers. Jacobson effectively recalls those childhood days while mixing it with the knowledge of adulthood so it never becomes schmaltzy.

That's a sampling of what can be found here. On the whole, I highly recommend this book. It's one man's sharp urban observations on three decades of life in the larger world.
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