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The Hipster Lit Flow Chart

Posted by Patrick on November 27, 2012 175283



Here on Goodreads, we've got all kinds of readers: Romance, Sci Fi, Armchair Sailors, you name it. This month we decided to focus on an interesting subset of our gigantic and diverse community—The Hipsters. After analyzing the data, and admittedly, taking some editorial liberties, we've determined a few things. The life of the hipster is hard. Between worrying the band you love is about to go big and wondering whether it's finally time to wash your raw denim jeans, you don't have a lot of time to think about what to read next. To make matters worse, now that you've raced through his collected essays, Both Flesh and Not, you've run out of David Foster Wallace books. That's where Goodreads comes in. Behold our hipster lit flow chart! Answer a few simple questions, and we will hook you up with your next favorite book. Life should always be this easy.

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message 59: by Syahira (new)

Syahira Sharif lol. Have you read Infinite Jest... No.


message 58: by Nesrin (last edited Nov 27, 2012 05:29AM) (new)

Nesrin L. I have the feeling as if this was a kind of a wannabe-ish semi-add for the book 'Infinite Jest'! *not impressed*
D8


message 57: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum The Hipster Catcher in the Rye is WHO TOWN! It is listed on GOOD READS. http://www.amazon.com/Who-Town-Susan-...


message 56: by Peter (last edited Nov 27, 2012 09:02AM) (new)

Peter Knox Susan wrote: "The Hipster Catcher in the Rye is WHO TOWN! It is listed on GOOD READS. http://www.amazon.com/Who-Town-Susan-..."
...says the author, who mentions GoodReads but links to Amazon.

And PS, I LOVE IJ, wouldn't consider myself a hipster (although I do live in Brooklyn & enjoy pour-over coffee), but take umbrage with it as a must-read to be a hipster, as that impression cheapens the commitment and reward IJ demands.

Suggest everyone read Leaving the Atocha Station, which I really did enjoy (poetic prose, lost in translation in Spain for a summer), and build up to tackling IJ. Or try DFW's other fiction to see if you're interested. Best of luck.


message 55: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum I think Good Reads ROCKS! So here's the Who Town link to GoodReads as Peter reminded me, makes sense to include. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16...

For the record I also enjoy pour over coffee. I'm a fiction junkie, probably post hipster.


message 54: by Kim (new)

Kim Yikes, I am way off the hipster map. I'm so "ancient hipster" the only thing I've read on this entire chart is Proust.


message 53: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum Proust is the GOLD standard so well done. Kim, Peter, readers... if you are in NYC, I am reading with a group of wonderful authors tomorrow at Eight Mile Creek, 240 Mulberry in Nolita. Group includes the incredible Nathaniel Kressen (hipster playwright) and Maggie Craig, indie queen of Bushwick.


message 52: by Travis (new)

Travis Mcclain Nope. Not a hipster!


message 51: by William Herschel (new)

William Herschel hipster = people interested in good, experimental and modern literature?


message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Now make it clickable for me to add all of them to my reading list... please. :)


message 49: by Rae Marie (new)

Rae Marie Nor I


message 47: by Lyv (new)

Lyv @David, thanks was just going to create the list!


message 46: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Thomsen "hipster = people interested in good, experimental and modern literature?"
Correction:
hipster = people [pretending to be] interested in good, experimental and modern literature


message 45: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Haven't read any of them, haven't heard of most of them, had never heard of the hipster title as applied to reading choices prior to seeing this flow chart. I certainly don't fit into this group.


message 44: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Don't particularly like prescriptions for my reading, though this was amusing! Zone One may have been hipster, but it was forgettable; read Rushdie eons ago, ditto Proust. Open City is on my list, and I make take a look at "Atocha Station". But I'm still averse to being diagnosed as a "hipster", or any other type of reader. :-) Which I suppose makes me the antithesis of a hipster!!


message 43: by Annie (new)

Annie Michelle  :)


message 42: by oriana (new)

oriana With the sad omission of anything by McSweeney's (hipster prerequisite, surely?), this is totally fantastic.


message 41: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum If hipsters are reading this much, and my novel Who Town is about hipsters, then this is one HAPPY DAY! McSweeney's certainly should be in there. Is Eggers to old to be a hipster?


message 40: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Pérez rabelo Kevin wrote: ""hipster = people interested in good, experimental and modern literature?"
Correction:
hipster = people [pretending to be] interested in good, experimental and modern literature"


relax...


message 39: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum Pretend. Pretension. Point taken.


message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum While I have known a lot of hipsters, I am clearly not a hipster: http://dualshow.com/life-lessons-from...


message 37: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Walker The only thing that would make this better is a clickable infographic.


message 36: by Michael (new)

Michael Craven Oh god. Such a wannabe. I just put holds on three of these at my library.


message 35: by Redshirt (new)

Redshirt Knitting This is hilarious! Almost as funny as some of these comments by people asserting that they are not hipsters, which I choose to interpret as performance art.

Since every list demands that people complain about what's not on the list, I will add: What, no Chris Ware?

No hipster lit reading list can consider itself complete without including at least one hipster-approved graphic novel. (Not COMICS; never COMICS.)


message 34: by Wonderwoman (new)

Wonderwoman Thank goodness I've only read one of these books. Whew! I have not been infected by the hipster virus!


message 33: by Alejandro (new)

Alejandro I have read about Infinite Jest on "Perks of being a Wallflower". Does that score me hipster points?


message 32: by Josephine (new)

Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Sarah wrote: "Now make it clickable for me to add all of them to my reading list... please. :)"

Ooh. I wish!


message 31: by emanuel (new)

emanuel smedbøl Palahniuk? Doubtful.


message 30: by Sara (new)

Sara What if you got halfway through Infinite Jest and got too sad to continue?


message 29: by Charles (new)

Charles I guess poetry readers are a bit too hip for this group. Like, how about Baudelaire instead of Bolano, O'Hara rather than Selby. Alice Notley rather than just about anything here. And Ron Silliman. Yes, give me Ron!


message 28: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Weird Gravity’s Rainbow isn’t in this, but maybe that doesn’t count as ‘hipster.’


message 27: by Charles (new)

Charles If Gravity's Rainbow isn't hipster, then I don't want to be a hipster. And in sci-fi, what? No Samuel Delany! Pour some more pour-over coffee and go home, hipless.


message 26: by J (new)

J Dalek "Have you finished Infinite Jest?" should be the second question.


message 25: by Ryan (new)

Ryan A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava


message 24: by Ruby (last edited Nov 30, 2012 03:23AM) (new)

Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else] Umm... What does it mean when all those books are on your recommendation shelf? And it's actually the recommendation shelf of the book group you run?
And Last Exit To Brooklyn is the current Group Read, because it beat out Zone One?

:O


message 23: by Master (new)

Master Very cool.


message 22: by Helen (new)

Helen Maus Great and everything but what is pour over coffee, love Salon London


message 21: by PeritocerCRM (new)

PeritocerCRM Services It's great illustration you made.


message 20: by David (new)

David Guy It's not just Pynchon that's missing. Where's Tom Robbins, for heaven's sake? And if hipster sprung from beatnik, there should also be Saint Jack (Kerouac)!


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum And William Burroughs....


message 18: by Kevin (new)

Kevin I think it's probably hipper to read The Pale King. More lofi, ya know?


message 17: by Wheeler (new)

Wheeler Kevin wrote:
"hipster = people interested in good, experimental and modern literature?"
Correction: hipster = people [pretending to be] interested in good, experimental and modern literature
****************
Correction of the correction: hipster = a word used by New Yorkers to describe non-New Yorkers who read the books they pretend to read

If you want to be a hipster, then read my 'Daunting' shelf:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...


message 16: by Val (new)

Val from the urban dictionary :
hipster 97122 up, 24026 down
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities.


message 15: by Ellie (new)

Ellie In my house, at least according to my 19 year old son, hipsters are older people who pretentiously want to appear something-whether or not they actually are is irrelevant it's the desperate wanting to be perceived as something that marks them as hipster.

OK, not entirely true. They have to hold important books in their hands-my understanding is the opposite of the above, they may or may not read the book but the impressing of others is what it's all about. Or even better, the not-impressing of those too tragically unhip to even know they should be impressed.

My problem with hipsters that although they work hard to look unconventional and casual, their clothes are beyond my dreams. So naturally, I'm so hip I have to look down on them.

Btw, I've read most of the books on the "daunting" shelf & the rest are on my TBR.

And the flow chart is a riot, except I've read most of the books from every category which I guess just makes me chaos personified.

Or better, not in a category. (Too much to hope for?)


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Nesrin wrote: "I have the feeling as if this was a kind of a wannabe-ish semi-add for the book 'Infinite Jest'! *not impressed*
D8"


That is some mighty poor sentence construction. And why would someone make a "wannabe-ish semi-add" (what?) for a book that came out over 10 years ago?


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Kirschbaum Also, I might add the author, David Foster Wallace, is deceased. Two points for ridicule at the very least.


message 12: by L. (new)

L. Elizabeth Most of the hipsters I know sniff, "You read _fiction_? How... quaint." And they somehow managed to read _Infinite Jest_ before it came out, even though that would have said unfortunate things about their pre-K teachers' collective abilities to screen the reading habits of their charges in many cases.

Which is unfortunate, because the half of these I've read are wonderful books. They're missing out.


message 11: by L. (new)

L. Elizabeth Val wrote: "from the urban dictionary :
hipster 97122 up, 24026 down
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive ..."


I love many things about hipster culture, but I find the contempt toward everything that does not conform to their idea of such things both saddening and of the type that indicates self-contempt.

Plus the young woman who thinks pandas should go extinct really creeps me out.


message 10: by Brian (new)

Brian Thoryk Check out this ultimate Hipster Video on YouTube

"Hipster The Get Down"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzYHHl...


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