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Hipsters, Existentialism, and the Uses of Intellectual History

Spy Magazine, March 1989Yesterday morning, my Facebook feed was full of approving links to a New York Times op-ed by Christy Wampole, Assistant Professor of French at Princeton University, entitled “How to Live Without Irony.” I was disappointed to discover that it didn’t deserve the praise it received. Wampole blames “the hipster” and “ironic living” for a host of cultural woes and urges us to cultivate “sincerity, humility and self-effacement, and demot[e] the frivolous and the kitschy on our collective scale of values.”  Others elsewhere on the interwebs have done a fine job pointing out some of the many Read more