Subcultures and Identities

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Video: Why 'I Don't Want To Be the Hottest Chick at Comic Con'

    Ruby Taki and Cici James both competed in the cosplay contest at the recent New York Comic Con. One is a Japanese salesperson working in Manhattan; the other owns a sci-fi and fantasy bookstore in DUMBO. Although they come from different cultural backgrounds, the two shared a somewhat unpopular goal ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    "Wonder Woman Would Hang Out at Saint Vitus": Comics Creators on NYC Hero Haunts

    Making the most of New York Comic Con can be exhausting, and navigating the crowds can be as taxing as fighting Skrulls or thwarting Brainiac. So where in the city do comics heroes unwind or cut loose? Some of the top creators at NYCC shared their heroes' favorite New York hangouts.

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    October 8, 2014


    Go all out for graphic lit’s biggest weekend

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    June 24, 2014

    Triumph of the Sexy Nerd: Gay Millennials Reject the Chelsea Boy

    In the video for Jonny McGovern's song "Sexy Nerd," guys strip down from cardigan sweaters, bow ties and pocket protectors to tighty-whities and black-rimmed glasses as McGovern sings, "Take your clothes off, but leave your glasses on . . . I need a man to sit on my laptop and open my download." T ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014


    Reverse the polarity of that shimmy

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    March 26, 2014


    Joe Mande drops 
his first album

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    March 19, 2014


    Talkin’ ’bout my generation

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    February 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    New Party Rules for Millennials

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you--#realtalk--you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods but t ... More >>

  • Theater

    October 9, 2013
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    July 24, 2013

    MTA Discovers Goddamn Picky Millennial Riders Want Subways That Don't Break Down or Catch On Fire

    It's begun: the MTA has discovered millennials. They all live in Bushwick and Williamsburg, they can't afford cars, and they want to ride the subway all the dang time, even during what used to be off-peak hours. And why are their (our) expectations so sky-high? Because they (we) didn't live through ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Awesome Blossoms

    Celebrate spring with Japanese culture

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    March 7, 2013

    Touré Tackles Prince in New Book, Finds Jesus, Discovers They're One in the Same

    Dearly Beloved, you are gathered here today to read our interview with a writer about a legendary performer. In this corner, Touré: Journalist and thinker for many an outlet (The New Yorker, VIBE,, and author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now. You perhaps kn ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013
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    January 30, 2013
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    January 14, 2013

    The Hot and Hungry Generation

    If you're in your 20s, you're probably eating or hooking up right now. At least, that's what the NY Times might lead you to believe. Two separate features in this weekend's paper suggest that, of the many gritty realities that plague millennials, dining expenses and dating dilemmas are among the m ... More >>

  • Music

    December 26, 2012
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    November 7, 2012
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    October 31, 2012


    Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids

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    October 17, 2012
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    October 10, 2012


    Capes are highly encouraged

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2012

    Nativism, Fedoras, and the 'Hipster' Takeover of Montauk

    A few weeks back, New York Times writer Jim Rutenberg wrote a piece on the newest victim of the constantly invading bohemian culture that sucks up dilapidation and spits out haute couture. Ugh, yes, it was another "This is where the hipsters are going this week" piece that we all love to hate b ... More >>

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    July 4, 2012
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    May 23, 2012
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    May 16, 2012


    Fred Armisen plays his favorite songs

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    April 25, 2012


    View the cherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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    March 28, 2012


    Do the dance of Japan

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    The 'Hipster'-est Words in NPR's Definitive Piece About Hipsters

    You know it's over when you're an NPR article. Or a costume.​Yesterday NPR posted an article called "The Hipsterification of America." We are momentarily lifting our ban on the word hipster to address it, because it is, indeed, something special, and should be publicly recognized. Never in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Nudists Want a Little, Naked Piece of Coney Island

    ​Hasn't Coney Island seen enough of sorrow, tribulation, and nakedness? Perhaps not. The American Association for Nude Recreation would like Coney Island to have a designated nude beach for reasons including Coney Island's accessibility via mass transit as well as the opportunity to "attract m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Kids Today Care About Parenthood, Not Marriage

    ​According to a new Pew Research Center survey, something we've had an inkling of for a while now may indeed be true. Young adults -- let's be more obnoxious and call them "Millennials" -- have changing views of social institutions like marriage and having children. Not surprisingly, they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Who Still Loves Barack Obama? Young Folks!

    ​Despite the majority of stodgy old adults disapproving of President Obama's job performance, millennials -- who are aged 18 to 29, in case you're not one -- are still supporting him in droves. According to a recent Pew Research report, 58 percent of them are still quite happy with Barack. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    The UCLA Hipster Panel Discussion: A Field Report

    Via Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter.​Last night, a discussion panel regarding hipsters entitled Look at This F*cking Panel: A Sociological Investigation of the Hipster took place at UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom. We dispatched author, blogger, and Friend of Runnin' Scared, Tess Lynch, to documen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Intellectualizing Hipsters is the New Hipster Intellectualism

    ​Does the idea of hipsters as a sociological group or hipsterism as a sociological trend really merit the studying of hipsters as if they were an anthropological goldmine waiting to be excavated for crucial insights into the contemporary human psyche?

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    September 28, 2010

    Making Fun of Hipsters Now More Unfunny Than Ever (Video)

    ​Even using the word "hipster" is a slight in and of itself, in some regard: it shows the need to pigeonhole a group of people who may have very little in common under one generally misanthropic label. That obviously hasn't stopped anyone -- certainly not us -- from using it, but the "making f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Hipsters Hate Themselves the Most of All, As It Turns Out

    "Hipsters" who hate themselves.​Science. In so many ways you are our friend. (Until you turn on us, but that's a story for another day.) In the latest of studies that we must bring to your attention, a couple of scientists named Zeynep Arsel and Craig L. Thompson have dug deep into the psychol ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 1, 2010


    Billy boy keeps some crazy company

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    September 1, 2010


    Comics get you ready for class

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    July 27, 2010


    Glenn Beck, meet your screenwriter

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    July 9, 2010

    HuffPo Dispenses Invaluable Social Media Advice for Youngs

    ​God, if there's one thing we millennials need advice on, it's how to use social media. Here we are, posting pictures of ourselves shooting up on Facebook and whatnot, barely able to operate our iPhones, practically begging for some guidance from old people. We're in luck, because the Huffin ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010


    Tea ceremonies, anime, DJs, and—oh, yeah—some trees

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    March 24, 2010


    Look at This Fucking Hipster is now a book!

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    January 25, 2010

    Hasidim v. Hipsters: The Great Williamsburg Bike Lane Debate is Tonight!

    This is the ultimate fight: Tonight's debate at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg between the hipsters and the Hasidim about the Bedford Avenue bike lane. You know the background: The Hasids, mostly Satmars, don't want to see half-naked goyim pedaling their bikes. The city late last year remove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Professor Denounces Use of "Nerd" and "Geek"; Banning, Shaming to Follow?

    ​The Times used the term "cool nerds" in an article, and seems at first to have been taken to task for it by psychology professor David Anderegg. Under the headline, "'Nerd' and 'Geek' Should Be Banned, Professor Says," Anderegg is said to believe "that merely mentioning terms like nerd or gee ... More >>

  • Books

    August 11, 2009

    The Badly Behaved Wizards of Lev Grossman's The Magicians

    Forget the snogging! This novel's hero prefers sex and recreational drug use.

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    August 7, 2009

    Sympathy for the Hipster: Even Annoying Young Toffs Don't Deserve Rent Scams

    ​Queens Crap posts the sort of headline you expect to get the schadenfreude roaring: "Bushwick hipsters kicked to the curb." They refer to a NY1 story about several young people who'd been living in 20 apartments carved out of a building certified for only six, with which the DOB caught up and ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009
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    March 4, 2009


    Japan Society takes you to Tokyo

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Photos: Mick Jones, Carbon/Silicon at Irving Plaza [04.04.08]

    Carbon/Silicon Matt Pond PA Irving Plaza Friday, April 4 photos and text by John Nikolai full gallery here Carbon/Silicon are the legendary Mick Jones (formerly of the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite) and Tony James (formerly of Generation X, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Sisters of Mercy), plus bassist Leo ... More >>

  • Music

    February 6, 2007

    Stoned and Rethroned

    Justin Timberlake reclaims his King of Arena Pop crown with nearly three hours of gleefully defied sexxlaws

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