DJ Stevens

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Hate-watching Marvel movies in favor of reading comic books

Liked. Past tense.

Dear Hipster: So, the new Captain America movie is doing pretty well in theaters, having earned some three-hundred-million dollars or so as I write this, which I assume means it has a cross-cultural appeal. Still, ...

Hipster uses for that mystery room

No pantries allowed

Dear Hipster: I just moved into a really cool duplex apartment. A duplex is technically an apartment, right? It’s not some separate category of house? Anyways, the apartment has this tiny little room, which I ...

Sriracha, equal parts dragon tears and the American Dream

Why must racists ruin things for the rest of us?

Dear Hipster: I applaud Hipsterdom’s emphasis on hand craft in an increasingly digital world. I think the disciplining of our hands and minds to craft art, food, drink, furniture, clothing, and what have you is ...

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Pure hipster poetry

Dear Hipster: Your recent attempt at Latin wordsmithing reminded me of something, and I wonder, have you ever heard of hipster ipsum? It’s a website that generates hipster-themed dummy text (what we web developers call ...

Is risotto too mainstream?

Maybe 15 years ago risotto was an all-access pass to free love

Dear Hipster: I would like to share a very specific observation made as a single woman in the twenty-something to thirty-something dating pool. I’ve gone on more than a few first dates where, instead of ...

Vinyl records can’t pay the rent, that’s why

Brooklyn and L.A. have bid farewell to record stores, despite a ten-year uptick in record sales

Dear Hipster: If hipsters are so good about supporting local businesses, then why did Off the Record close? I thought hipsters were all about music on vinyl. Shouldn’t there have been a healthy market for ...

The opportunity classical scholars have been waiting for

Dear Hipster: If a misogynist hates women, a misandronist hates men, and a misanthrope hates everybody; what do you call a hater of hipsters? — Deb A “misoneist” hates anything new or novel, but since ...

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 ...

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