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The modern hipster’s views on marriage and family

Mr. Hipster: My friends are getting married this summer and I have a sneaking suspicion they will be throwing one of those “hipster weddings” that I’ve been hearing so much about. I would have thought ...

The whole “gay or hipster” conundrum

Pilfering gay style

Dear Hipster: Do you have to be a hipster to attract the bearded, pomp-haired, skinny jeans, tattooed, pierced, smug-lipped gent? — Gay in Golden Hill Hipsters may have a reputation for scornfulness, but that legendary ...

Turn an irascible feline into an internet gold mine

Dear Hipster: I love my roommate, who is awesome in almost every way, but I hate her cat because it is an evil emissary of dark forces sent to torture humanity. I don’t know if ...

Laguna Beach: summer means art fests

Check out Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair through the end of August.

If you want to add some art to your summer, consider heading up to Laguna Beach. A July visit here brought me within walking distance of three major art festivals: the Sawdust Festival, Festival of ...

Consider beard-transplant surgery

A beard to fill the void

Dear Hipster: I really want to cement my ironic nonconformity with a magnificent beard, but I can’t grow any facial hair for the life of me. What can I do? — Jesse As I’ve said ...

Potato salad and the the ultimate dark secret

The hipster-bro rivavlry may come out as a single issue of numbers.

DJ: I just heard about the Potato Salad Kickstarter Guy. Is ironic Kickstarting the next wave of hipster entrepreneurism? — Dave The potato-salad campaign contains even less irony than the Alanis Morissette song about irony, ...

Chill out, man

DJ says beating the heat comes naturally.

Dear Hipster: I am nearly dying from the heat of late. Your hipster mind hold any creative ideas for staying cool? — Jenn Seriously, the best thing I can think of is to paint your ...

Modern times in one of the world's hot spots: Israel

I was in Israel when three teenagers in yeshiva – Jewish seminary – had just been kidnapped. As I left the country, they were discovered to have been killed, which touched off a firestorm between ...

General Atomics opens big mine with big losses

It hopes uranium prices will recover some day.

The Four Mile uranium mine in South Australia officially opened last month. According to Australia media, the uranium will cost $40 a pound to produce while the market price is $28 a pound. The mine ...

Hipsticrafts

The industrious hands of the modern hipster are hard at work in San Diego.

Dear DJ: I’ve heard that hipsters are ushering in a new era of craftsmanship. Is this true? If so, where can I see hip handicrafts? And what, if any, crafts do you dabble in? — ...

Single-origin story

The truth is in the beans.

Dear Hipster: You’ve mentioned single-origin espresso a few times in your answers. What does that mean? (Tell your friends to whom you just read my letter to stop snickering.) — Jess It means you only ...

Sabah: a Malaysian Eden

Escape to the island of Borneo's northeast.

In Tuaran, hidden amidst the nature reserve, half an hour north of Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, there's a little slice of paradise. “Be careful!” warned the Kadazan gardener, gripping a long wooden stick, his outstretched ...

I don't care because you do

Who needs politics when you have an espresso?

Dear Hipster: I am set to go to a Padres game with some people from work, one of whom is my boss. He talks a big game re: politics, and his comically conservative world view ...

Quadrennial poseurs

Hipsters invade enemy territory for the Cup

Dear Hipster: My hipster friends, normally not soccer fans, insist on watching the World Cup. They’re even calling it “football.” Did I miss something? — Andy the Baseball Fan Just as the Olympics gives regular ...

MTS chief Jablonski railroaded?

Congressmen seek answers regarding backcountry railway deal

United States congressmen Duncan Hunter and Jeff Denham have put Metropolitan Transit System on notice: Explain the reason for delays and the transit authority's reasoning for granting a non-experienced, allegedly corrupt company a 99-year lease ...

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