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Way, way before they were cool

CJ McMann is on his way to Polite Provisions, or the 1913 World's Fair. Whatever.

Dear Hipster: Is this man on his way to Polite Provisions (see attached picture)? — Dryw Keltz I recognize that guy! That only looks like an old-timey illustration. In fact, it’s a heavily filtered Instagram ...

Aw...Bill Cosby, too? Right in the childhood

Dear Hipster: You used the phrase, “right in the childhood” a little while back. What does that mean? I could probably Google it, but I want to hear your explanation. — Dave, Bonita The scandalous ...

Squeezed by tradition

One does not simply shed the uniform of the 21st Century hipster.

Dear Hipster: Can I be hip if I can’t get “into” skinny jeans? They lack the drape of classic denim, and are so tight fitting, one might as well be wearing Spandex. — James Let’s ...

Stick it to the man

Define cool by skipping your boss's approval.

Dear Hipster: I want to quit my job, but my asshole boss intimidates me. He’s mentally manipulative — his trick is making me feel like I’ve failed him — and I don’t want to end ...

Shame cycle

The sinister logic behind the legitimization of sandalsocks.

Dear Hipster: The weather cooled over the weekend, and I saw an otherwise fashionable person wearing socks and sandals the other day. Since when did that become cool? — Daryl, La Jolla Fashionable people are ...

Excess sincerity

Football is too real for the hip.

Dear Hipster: Do hipsters like football? Not soccer. Football. — Andy There are some hipsters who enjoy a bit of armchair quarterbacking, but they tend to refer to it as “American football” in order to ...

In defense of brunch

Must we now give brunch a Viking funeral?

Dear Hipster: So, I’m starting to hear of the so-called “anti-brunch movement,” a backlash against brunch, and I have to wonder, what the heck am I supposed to do on Sunday morning if brunch becomes ...

Wouldn't it be funny?

Dear Hipster: Why are hipsters such frauds that they can’t do anything they want without first saying, “Wouldn’t it be funny if. . .” (Everything you do isn’t funny. But YOU are.) — John Doe, ...

You asked

Letter writers push the columnist into Einstein territory

Dear Hipster, There IS a word for being into something before it was cool. It’s precoolcious. I know because I am. — Cherry, La Mesa The word Stephen in Hillcrest is looking for to describe ...

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