A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster

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A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying More than 35 Species of Urban Hipsters

Like most wildlife, Urban Hipsters offer valuable and entertaining opportunities for observation and study. To date, casual students of wild Hipsters have been left without a tattooed ankle to stand on, as even the simple tasks of identifying and classifying each species have never been completed. The Hip, though simpleminded, are ...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Identifying More than 35 Species of Urban Hipsters

Like most wildlife, Urban Hipsters offer valuable and entertaining opportunities for observation and study. To date, casual students of wild Hipsters have been left without a tattooed ankle to stand on, as even the simple tasks of identifying and classifying each species have never been completed. The Hip, though simpleminded, are wily.

Now, however, this cutting-edge manual by world-renowned hipthologist and dinner-party favorite Josh Aiello allows even the most amateur of observers to differentiate a Mod (Angophilia dandyum) from a Punk (Rebellium ostentatia), to identify the velvet rope-circumvention abilities unique to EuroTrash, and to recognize the symptoms of Ex-Frat-carried Loafer-and-Wallet Disease with confidence and ease. A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster covers mating habits, the origins of species, and natural habitats for all species one may encounter, regardless of terrain.

The result of over ten dateless years spent in the field, A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster is sure to educate and delight for generations to come. Lavishly illustrated by former pet caricaturist Matthew Shultz, this comprehensive guide is the ultimate handbook for the urban observer.

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Publishers Weekly
Fast on the heels of Robert Lanham's The Hipster Handbook (Anchor; February 2003), Aiello, who honed his chops writing "scathing editorials for the school newspaper," presents round two of the hipster instruction manual. Strikingly similar to Lanham's guide, this book breaks down hipsters by category. There's the Audiophylum family, which includes glam rockers and goths; the Auteurial family, comprised of laptop rock stars, literati and starving artists; the Graecus family, where you'll find corporate hipsters and men who lunch; etc. Examining each species scientifically (describing, for example, its "exterior," "plumage," "mating habits" and "habitat"), Aiello also notes his subjects' preferred hang-out spots, usually focusing on hipster hotbeds like New York (notably, more often Manhattan than edgier Brooklyn); Cambridge, Mass.; and Berkeley, Calif. Cartoon drawings highlight the characters' features, from the Eurotrash guy's chest hair to the mod chick's boots ("not actually made for walking"). Aiello's guide would be amusing if it weren't six months late to the scene. (Sept. 9) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767913720
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.52 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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More than forty-five species of urban hipsters have been identified in the wild, many through the work of esteemed antrhipthologist, Josh Aiello. A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster allows readers to identify and communicate with each. What traits differentiate a mod from a punk? Where do indie rockers flock? What are the symptoms of ex-frat-carried-loafer-and-wallet disease? The answers to these and other mystifying questions are now available to even the most amateur observer.
           
Just as Peterson and Sibley provide precise illustrations to differntiate one specimen from another, A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster features detailed sketches designed to highlight each distinguishing physical characteristic. Every piercing, ironic haircut and vintage T-shirt are covered in depth, along with mating rituals, musical preferences, and natural habitats. From video hos to Chelsea boys, the entire hipster kingdom has been extensively researched to make this the most thorough handbook of its kind. For observers looking to actually enter the field, Aiello offers Zagat-style listings of heavily frequented bars and restaurants in cities nationwide, where hipsters may be spotted in their natural habitats.
           
Seriously researched, yet satirically written, A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster is the ultimate handbook for the urban observer.

Author Biography:

JOSH AIELLO began his career writing scathing editorials for the school newspaper, including the notorious “J’accuse Janitor Carlson,” which earned him after-school detention for one week. Film school at Boston University followed, as did a blessedly brief tenure toiling on independent films. He lives in Manhattan and is thankful that selling a book was relatively easy. Cartoonist/illustrator MATTHEW SHULTZ draws a music strip for The Riverfront Times and writes a column under the name Toady the Kid for geeklife.com. He lives in Queens, where Josh never visits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    oddly funny

    I actually like this one better than the Hipster Handbook because it approaches the subject in a less serious way. It's meant to be taken lightly and I guess it's easy for someone to be offended by it. But I was amused. I actually liked it. There's no need for it to be well-written. With humor you can get by with unprofessional writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    awful!

    horribly stupid and not funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    A book for bullies

    I would only recomend this to people with a poor self-image who need to poke fun of others in order to feel good about themselves. The illustrator is very gifted and should move on to more lasting projects. It's a sad attempt to be cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    Balanced view

    Though the species of hipster chosen for Field Guide are not all actually hip, the writing is independently funny, and not in a cruel way. The Hipster Handbook is much more of a 'snapshot,' and will not age well. Experiment for yourself; flip through each one at the bookstore, and you will find yourself standing in the checkout line with the Field Guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    Not at all hip, funny, or accurate

    This book attempts to be humorous but fails on epic proportions. The illustrations are amateurish and the hipster descriptions are way off base. For instance, the author defines Ex-Frat Boys as being hip. What is that all about? The Hipster Handbook is a much more clever and accurate book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2003

    Much Better Than The Other

    Its obvious that the bood reviewer from Publisher's Weekly did not take time to read Aiello's book or study Shultz's drawings.A Field Guide to the Urban Hipster is truely a work of art and represents a serious, scholarly depiction of urban life and its inhabitants. I say bravo and viva la differance!

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