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My Latest for Tikkun: Sufjan Stevens
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 18th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: hipsters

Fine. Whatever. Point taken. Yes, the term "hipster" used to refer more to doers than wanna-doers. The lineage is long and proud. Nevertheless, in the etiolated realm I inhabit the term has come to signify people who try hard, often too hard, to have the people around them regard them as hip.

I attended the Wallace Berman show, BTW, and think it does a really great job of tracing networks of affiliation that connect lesser-knowns and greater-knowns. It's a compelling group portrait in time. I thought of you at many junctures. We have the book, so you can check it out some time. Unless the library there has it, which is possible.

One final note: the characterization of hipster was, as I mentioned in my entry, in some measure intended as a self-critique. I was wearing black Converse high-tops, deciding whether to commit to the performance, and puzzling over the fact that I couldn't suppress the knowledge of Stevens's Christian themes. Peace out.
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