Mark Greif Talks Hipsters on Brian Lehrer Show

Posted on: November 11th, 2010 at 6:22 am by
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In a followup to his Hipster-hater article in New York Magazine a couple weeks ago, author Mark Greif appeared on Monday’s Brian Lehrer Show on NPR. All the recent press is to plug his new collection of essays, entitled What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation.

The interview itself is worth a listen, but it treads well-worn territory on the subject. How it’s hard to define what a hipster really is or whether it’s indeed a culture, yada yada. Of course, the Lower East Side gets a quick shout-out as a hipster-haven, alongside the other usual suspects, Williamsburg and Park Slope.

Soundbytes of choice from Greif:

The fear about them [hipsters] is that, really what interests them most is the newest thing, knowledge about books, but not knowledge of books.

They [hipsters] don’t produce artists, they produce tattoo artists; they don’t produce painters, but graphic artists; they didn’t yield great literature, but made good use of fonts.

Do you think the hipster trend is truly dead this time around?

[Photo Credit: New York Magazine]

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