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Mocking minimalism from Dwell magazine

We vigorously defend our stuff; its existence becomes a point of pride.

Dear Hipster: You made me LOL at your August 29th article where you said most people do not have room to park in their garages that are filled with boxes, many untouched for over ten ...

Discover the affordable glory of malt liquor

Back to reality. Time to make sense again.

Dear Hipster: I’ve recently moved into San Diego, and into my first apartment post-college that’s really mine. At least, it’s mine and my roommate’s because there’s no way I could afford a 1BR spot for ...

Bringing up baby with a six-figure salary and a 529 plan

Step Three: Avoid Children

Dear Hipster: I’ve recently moved into San Diego, and into my first apartment post-college that’s really mine. At least, it’s mine and my roommate’s because there’s no way I could afford a 1BR spot for ...

Scratchy Goodwill rag, or Egyptian cotton from Bed Bath and Beyond?

You don’t need a Tempurpedic mattress to sleep at night

Dear Hipster: I’ve recently moved into San Diego, and into my first apartment post-college that’s really mine. At least, it’s mine and my roommate’s because there’s no way I could afford a 1BR spot for ...

Discounts on kale smoothies and Miller High Life

Step One: Achieve Insider Status

Dear Hipster: I’ve recently moved into San Diego, and into my first apartment post-college that’s really mine. At least, it’s mine and my roommate’s, because there’s no way I could afford a 1BR spot for ...

Kyle takes a crack at kale chips

I think I could have gotten 24K gold at the same price per ounce!

So, here’s the thing. I know I impliedly promised a swift return after investigating the prison-themed hipster bar supposedly selling artisanal pruno in decidedly poor taste. Terrible idea, but, hipsters will hipster. If I may ...

Caught between Chernobyl and the slaughterhouse

“If a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his butt a-hoppin”

Well, the rumors of a Pavement pre-reunion reunion proved unsurprisingly false. I regret nothing. Unfortunately, my return to “Ask a Hipster” will be delayed yet another week. You see, before I even made it halfway ...

Pinterest-worthy artisans

Are there any rules for throwing snarky shade at somebody’s Instagram?

Note: a friend of mine, whose name I cannot reveal, from a city somewhere in the United States, the location of which I cannot reveal (but I assure you, wherever you’re thinking, you’re wrong), heard ...

The new James Bond

Are we really proving anything to ourselves by putting 007 in a dress?

Dear Hipster: What the heck? When will the hipsterfication end? I check my phone first thing this morning, and what do I get on the news feed? The new James Bond is going to be ...

Luxurious Charms

Liberate those marshmallows from the starchy cereal bits to achieve their true, teeth-rotting potential

Dear Hipster: My friends and I were having a very tipsy Fourth of July this year, drinking and playing lawn games as one does on a midweek summer holiday. And, as people tend to do ...

Sex on the Beach, Pousse-cafe, and other incongruous beverages

Just what we need to keep the world in perspective

Dear Hipster: A while ago, I went to a bar that has a reputation for divey-ness. I won’t say which one, because I get the sense that would be unhip, but suffice to say the ...

No point of market saturation for housing or craft beer bars

As a famous economist once said,”If you book them, they will come.”

Dear Hipster: I’m no economist, but I think I have learned a thing or two about markets merely by watching the world around me. For instance, I was not surprised to hear housing prices have ...

David Bowie? Too soon. Tupac? Too soon. Buddy Holly? Still too soon.

Bono or Kanye West? Go right ahead.

Dear Hipster: In the world of perpetual hipster irony, what, if anything, is sacred anymore? — Dave B. You might be forgiven for thinking that our cultural moment, which in its time has boasted such ...

Founding a new nation like Sealand

The work is probably disproportionate to the reward

Dear Hipster: You’re probably too young to remember Sealand. Back in the late Sixties and early Seventies, these kooks had seized an old oil rig (or something to that effect) off the coast of England, ...

Mitigating climate change with more than #NODAPL protests

Do you care too much... or too little?

Dear Hipster: How do we make mitigating climate change hip in the sense of people actually doing something about it? Yeah, they may post a few things on Insta or RT, but how do we ...