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Little Guide To Unhip Paperback – November 7, 2014
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About the Author
Kate Rigby realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it in her book 'Little Guide to Unhip'. She's had several books published and some short stories published or shortlisted. She's been writing novels for over thirty years. Some of her books are available in paperback and all are available as e-books. Social networking sites and writing sites have opened up a whole new world to her and introduced her to some great new writers and books she wouldn't otherwise have discovered. She loves cats, singing, photography, music and LFC. She's also an avid keyboard warrior campaigning against social injustice.
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Some attempts at humor fell flat. The book seemed very dated and not at all relevant to modern American life. The author seemed simply to pull "unhip" things out of thin air.
The most fun I had reading it was recalling what was considered hip back in the 50s (for guys it was an Elvis style haircut) when I was definitely a member of the unhip camp. Then the late 60s came along followed by the 70s, and everything that was countercultural suddenly became hip (and cool and very, very in). Flare trousers, wide neckties (I swear some of them would have made good bibs), beards (I grew one), long skirts, folk music, Ravi Shankar and The Beatles. (Eleanor Rigby played in my head while I read the book. Sorry, K.J., your name tripped the "play" button the minute I saw it.)
One of the fun things about "Little Guide to Unhip" is realizing how silly it all is, this fussing over whether one is or one isn't "hip", all the things K. J. Rigby lists (there are 50 categories) that we fret about (or once did) as having real meaning. It's like watching "Keeping Up Appearances" (one of my all-time favorite British sitcoms) and laughing at yourself.
I give this book an enthusiastic five.
Convinced you're 'Unhip' to the marrow? Relax, you're in good company.
If you're so far beyond the pale that you have no idea what being 'Hip' or 'Unhip' means, this book is a must-read for you. Why? Because it will clarify your niche, perhaps for the first time in your life, in the sociocultural context, which means, at the very least, that if your friends continue to snigger behind your back about your Gilbert O'Sullivan albums, you will know enough to retaliate with sniggers of your own: tidy homes; bungalows; sitting downstairs on the bus: go get 'em!
Regardless of whether we consider(ed) ourselves 'Hip' or 'Unhip' or simply clueless, Little Guide to Unhip's wise and witty entries combine to provide us with an understanding of ourselves in relation to our culture and our perception of how we have or have not adjusted to it. Or even if we have never given it a thought or, ('The horror! The horror!') have been completely unaware of it.
You might think you're above all this facile trivia - if so, be afraid, be very afraid, as this merely indicates an off-the-scale level of naiveté: it will hurt all the more when you laugh as the beige rug is pulled from beneath your feet...
All this and the wonderful bonus of Kate Rigby's autobiographical vignettes scattered throughout.
Guinea pigs? Elasticated waists? Committees? Umbrellas? Holiday in Austria? You need this book!
The hip and the unhip in Kate Rigby's sojourns in Europe, from Salzburg to Albania, was pure entertainment; not just because of the carefully equated cool/uncool but because of the sometimes tumultuous blips in the intended itinerary which were a delight to share - albeit via print rather than presence at the point of blip.
Even the subject of 'early birds' arriving at parties is touched upon with an endearing humour, balancing the intricacies of what is and what isn't etiquette, in all its follies.
Yes, pure entertainment.
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Life is often all about trying to be something we really aren't - that is, `hip'. Far easier to admit to being `unhip', accept it and relax!Read more