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Sincerity has no place at the karaoke mic

Erect an ironic fortress

Dear Hipster: I work for a small, professional business with about 12 other people. I love the fact that our “office” is very collegial and informal, but the flip side of that is that everybody ...

Concert photos for the wasteland known as your phone

Get in the moment and stay there

Dear Hipster: I’ve got a 21st-century problem for you. Every time I attend a concert, or really any other significant event, the wall of cell phones taking snaps and Vines drives me to distraction. You ...

I'm the kind of pizza that guilts you for not ordering pho instead

Never forget about Crystal Pepsi or the Smiths

About 18 months ago, I responded to a question about what kind of bicycle I would be, if I were a bicycle. Since then, contrary to what I would have assumed, inquiries along a similar ...

Batman v. Superman, Hydrox v. Oreo

Dear Hipster: If everybody — and I really mean everybody, because I do not know a single person who liked it — unequivocally hates Batman v. Superman, wouldn’t it be the most hipster thing ever ...

If only there was a Roscoe's in San Diego

Until then, try Long Beach or the frozen food aisle

Dear Hipster: Is it true that Roscoe’s is coming to San Diego? Give me the straight dope. — Derek As of this writing, Roscoe’s has yet to publicly confirm the rumors. I don’t know how ...

Opening a can of name-and-shame Facebookworms not recommended

To out or not to out social offenders

Dear Hipster: Despite “we only serve water upon request” signs at most restaurants, I’ve noticed that compliance with water-saving regulations has slipped of late at some of my favorite spots. Servers are starting to automatically ...

Are hipsters too jaded for healing crystals?

Win a a mystical, metaphorical high-five from the astral plane

Dear Hipster: I’m loyal to the Reader, but I also peruse the NYT. One recent story about culturally relevant pop music in the 21st Century asserts that there has been a revival of New Age ...

Imagine an internet as elegant as a third-wave coffee roaster’s logo

Dear Hipster: Every now and again, I get a Twitter follower from my past, often someone I haven’t spoken with since before Twitter existed, and then that person pops up with “so-and-so has followed you.” ...

Three versions, one song

Sandy sang it first

Dear Mr. Stevens I have never considered myself hipster. I was an A-student, in the marching band, graduated in 2001 a year early. I thought being cool or popular was lame. My husband is 12 ...

The 14-dollar hot dog and sauerkraut are cries for help

Is contemporary society bereft of artistic activity?

Dear Hipster: I have two kids and a successful career. As you might guess, balancing those things makes my life more often than not pretty stressful, and I’m hardly swimming in opportunities to unwind. I ...

Hipster bulldog mania

The canine equivalent of a black velvet wolf T-shirt

Dear Hipster: Why do hipsters like bulldogs? I thought bros favored bulldogs, especially when they could be taught to skateboard. — Dana The past decade has been kind to bulldogs, and their French cousins, which ...

Phone calls are the lobster bisque of communication methods

Common denominator: Mother's Day

Dear Hipster: My phone doesn’t get service at home, so I sometimes message mutual friends from my boyfriend’s phone. Whenever I do that, I suffer the strangest quandary. I wonder, is it better to a) ...

No pinch-hits for Hallmark

Valentine's Day abbreviates to VD

Dear Hipster: I am three months into dating the same woman, and it is going very well...except for Valentine’s Day, which didn’t go over very well at all. I could be wrong about this, but ...

Revisiting the flat earth concept

What comes around goes around

Dear Hipster: Is the Earth really flat like B.o.B. says? — Donnie G., Cardiff Dear Hipster: How is it even possible to believe in a Flat Earth? — Evelyn Dear Hipster: Would it be hipster ...

Does Sober February have to end?

Sober Steve seeks advice on his heavy-drinking friends

Dear Hipster: A handful of my friends are in the middle of Sober February, and I couldn’t be happier! Since I don’t drink anymore, I often feel awkward going out. Most of my friends are ...

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