Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.



You have an ad blocker! We understand, but...

PoetrySoup is a small privately owned website. Our means of support comes from advertising revenue. We want to keep PoetrySoup alive, make it better, and keep it free. Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on PoetrySoup. See how to enable ads while keeping your ad blocker active. Also, did you know you can become a PoetrySoup Lifetime Premium Member and block ads forever...while getting many more great features. Take a look! Thank you!
Get Your Premium Membership


The Hipster Reading List - Roy Jerden's Blog

About Roy Jerden
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo
You say you want a revolution?
  • Well you know, we all want to change the world

The Hipster Reading List


Blog Posted:2/15/2014 5:05:00 PM

In the interest of equality, after my previous blog knocking Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" reading list, I thought it only fair to publish a hipster reading list, for those interested in this lifestyle. Of course we all know the effort is self-defeating because real hipsters are too cool to actually pay attention to a reading list... it's so mainstream, dude.

Actually there are two lists. The first one is a list of books. As a hipster, you are not actually required to buy them. OK, you might need to buy one (better if you can borrow), but it's just to carry with you to the coffee joint to show off. Place it casually on the table you plan to hog for 4 hours, so the title is well visible. You might want to read the dust cover in case of questions, but you can always say that you just got it, to avoid embarrassing details.

The other list just below you need to remember, at least 4 titles. These are recent books by cool authors no one has probably heard of, at least non-hipsters. As soon you find two people who have heard of one, remove it from your hipster reading list immediately. Never actually say you have read any of these. Memorizing the list serves merely to ask someone else if they have read any of them. You of course have to practice several reactions to the likely negative answer.  First, assume the standard hipster bored look. If queried about the author, the hipster answer de rigeur is "Oh, it's someone you've never heard of", followed by a sigh. Look away and roll your  eyes. If queried again, say the author's name, then say "But their earlier work was better". This should cement your non-mainstream coolness.

  1. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  2. All the Living by C.E. Morgan
  3. American Genius, A Comedy, Lynne Tillman
  4. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
  5. Big Machine by Victor LaValle
  6. Dear Everybody, Michael Kimball
  7. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
  8. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  9. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Kim Cooper
  10. Lowboy by John Wray
  11. Magic For Beginners, Kelly Link
  12. Marlon Brando, Pocahontas, and Me by Jeremy Deller
  13. Notable American Women, Ben Marcus
  14. Oblivion, David Foster Wallace
  15. Pastoralia, George Saunders
  16. Perfect Rigor by Masha Gessen
  17. Rising Up and Rising Down, William Vollmann
  18. The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
  19. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
  20. The Collected Stories, Amy Hempel
  21. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
  22. The New Valley by Josh Weil
  23. The Possessed by Elif Batuman
  24. The World in Half by Cristina Henriquez
  25. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  26. Varieties of Disturbance by Lydia Davis
  27. We Did Porn by Zak Smith
  28. Why Did I Ever, Mary Robison
  29. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

OK, now here is your real hipster reading list:

  1. addresses on packages
  2. billboards
  3. emails you receive
  4. emails you send
  5. Mark Borthwick’s handwriting
  6. marquees
  7. milk containers
  8. text messages
  9. titles of Antony and the Johnsons songs while listening to Antony and the Johnsons
  10. to-do lists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Login to post a comment
Date: 2/17/2014 11:43:00 AM
The fact that you know and understand the "hipster" (GOD I GAG on the word!) mentality is hilarious to me as well. Lord knows I'm too old to care how "cool" I am these days. Haven't heard of any of these; not sure if that's a good thing or not lol. Thanks for posting and for the chuckle :) ~Chan
Login to Reply
Jerden Avatar
Roy Jerden
Date: 2/17/2014 3:10:00 PM
Got my hipster education watching "Portlandia". Anyway, it's a phenom that occurs every generation in some form in affluent societies.
Date: 2/16/2014 11:26:00 AM
this one rocks, roy... lol, heelarious.. i needed this today!... huggs
Login to Reply
Date: 2/16/2014 6:14:00 AM
This sure is a witty and funny blog, Roy! I really enjoy your blogs, thanks for the laughs!
Login to Reply
Date: 2/15/2014 8:05:00 PM
hahaha, and I never heard of any of these either!!
Login to Reply
Date: 2/15/2014 5:49:00 PM
Haaaaaaaa! I find this blog to be hilarious. More hippies, less hipsters! The Hipsters of the 30s and 40s were cool cats. These new emo-kids are so urban and gentrified, they are like dress-up hamsters living in a cage called: Hipsturbia. Their rhetoric role-playing is the assassin of the very things they supposedly stand for and against, until all that is left, is meaningless social climbing, metrosexuality and mass-consumerism just like everyone else.
Login to Reply
That Archaic Poet Avatar
Just That Archaic Poet
Date: 2/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
AGREED! :D Wait, is that too "mainstream" to be agreeing with you? LOL! ;) ~Chan

My Past Blog Posts

 
Life in Hell by Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)
Date Posted: 11/6/2016 5:17:00 AM
Family Reunion
Date Posted: 5/20/2016 7:29:00 PM
Lucifer Gets the Gig
Date Posted: 3/9/2016 9:45:00 AM
Rindersella and the Pransome Hence
Date Posted: 3/1/2016 1:45:00 PM
Spoonerisms Contest
Date Posted: 2/27/2016 7:45:00 PM
In Defense of Critique
Date Posted: 2/22/2016 3:21:00 PM
I felt wrinkly, so I did some irony.
Date Posted: 2/13/2016 8:11:00 PM
Having some fun with Photoshop...
Date Posted: 1/8/2016 8:05:00 AM
Thanks for your support
Date Posted: 6/3/2015 6:42:00 AM
Hosting multiple open contests.
Date Posted: 5/12/2015 8:23:00 PM
A Sonnet for Pansy
Date Posted: 5/5/2015 8:50:00 AM
My story was published this month
Date Posted: 5/2/2015 9:09:00 PM
Pi Day 2015
Date Posted: 3/13/2015 3:05:00 PM
Foodies - Part 2
Date Posted: 1/7/2015 11:30:00 AM
East Jesus Contest Judged
Date Posted: 1/2/2015 9:21:00 AM
Happy New Year to the World of Poets
Date Posted: 12/31/2014 6:23:00 PM
Merry Christmas to the World of Poets
Date Posted: 12/25/2014 5:54:00 AM
Foodies - Part 1
Date Posted: 12/20/2014 2:01:00 PM
How kids perceive their grandparents
Date Posted: 12/19/2014 5:55:00 AM
Got Writer's Block?
Date Posted: 12/6/2014 8:10:00 AM
Clean and Clever Limerick Contest Update
Date Posted: 11/17/2014 7:51:00 AM
My First Short Story - Accepted for publication
Date Posted: 11/2/2014 6:46:00 PM
Happy Halloween
Date Posted: 10/31/2014 7:18:00 AM
Non-Christian Poetry Contest Update
Date Posted: 10/19/2014 9:05:00 AM
New Contest - Religious Poetry: Non-Christian
Date Posted: 10/5/2014 6:40:00 AM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
3/14/2017 Donald's Blunderland Political Versepolitical,
1/27/2017 Can You Trump That Limerickpolitical,
3/23/2016 One Hit Wonder Quatrainart,poetry,
3/18/2016 But Her Bruises Were Green Limerickhumorous,
2/27/2016 Pussy Paean Quatraincat,
2/24/2016 That Dog Don't Hunt Limerickpoetry,
2/9/2016 Rewind World Quatrainsorry,
2/7/2016 Lucifer Gets the Gig Proseheaven,satire,universe,
2/5/2016 Return to the Sea Free versebeach,death,sea,
1/30/2016 OMG, That's So Cliche Rhymepoetry,satire,
1/24/2016 And When You Look at Me Quaternlove,romance,
1/23/2016 Way Back Then Rhymehumor,humorous,nostalgia,
1/22/2016 The Virgin Witch of Moulineaux Villanellelove,magic,valentines day
1/13/2016 Table Hogs Limericksatire,
1/3/2016 Another Trip Around the Sun Sonnetnew year,
7/6/2015 The Waning of Dreams Coupletdepression,sad,wine,
5/26/2015 Poetic Ambitions Quatrainart,poems,poetry,
5/4/2015 A Song for Pansy Rhymehistory,
4/17/2015 English Lit Rhymehumor,
4/10/2015 Scratch Rhymechildhood,humor,nostalgia
11/29/2014 But I Must Stay Villanellesad,
11/29/2014 The Pedicure Virgin Prosehumor,
11/14/2014 One Tolkien Over the Line Rhymetribute,
11/5/2014 Message of the Moth Coupletangst,longing,
10/25/2014 Pi Day Rhymehumor,
10/15/2014 Halloween on the Dark Side of Town Rhymeholiday,satire,
9/15/2014 The Empty Quarter Alliterationearth,nature,stars,univer
8/5/2014 Piki Tupp and Poteeta Way Quatrainchild,children,
7/22/2014 A Brush of Wings Versebird,
7/8/2014 Willow: A Fable Rhymechildren,death,dream,fant
6/30/2014 Ragnarok: The Storm Epyllionweather,
6/28/2014 Dante's Path Quatrainspiritual,
5/26/2014 Albert Einstein Clerihewhumorous,science,
5/7/2014 Jonah Falcon He's Not Limerickfunny,
5/6/2014 The Well Traveled Linguist Limerickhumorous,
5/2/2014 The Devil Can Cite Scripture For His Purpose Rhymehate,religion,slam,
4/1/2014 My Thunderous Wondrous Electric Toy Train Rhymechristmas,nostalgia,
3/11/2014 Premature Exoneration Limerickholiday,humor,
2/10/2014 A Series of Unfortunate Darwin Awards Limerickdeath,humorous,silly,
1/23/2014 Ancient Dance Sonnetlove,
12/28/2013 The Whittlers Cowboygrowing up,nostalgia,
12/19/2013 Redneck Santa Rhymechristmas,parody,
12/17/2013 The Tale of the China Poblana Epichistory,
5/15/2013 The Conceit of Poetry Coupletphilosophy,universe,
3/23/2013 Tiger's Wood Limericksports,
2/17/2013 All Hat and No Cattle Cowboycowboy,humorous,old,time,
2/10/2013 Dark Temptress Sonnetfood,humorous,passion,
1/30/2013 Icebox Days Rhymechildhood,growing up,humo
1/26/2013 The Angel Inside Rhymeallegory,angel,art,beauti
1/22/2013 Call Me Tex Cowboycowboy,home,humorous,me,n
1/10/2013 Bobcat Moon Rhymeautumn,friendship,loss,mo
12/9/2012 Six Man Dance Rhymeautumn,football,nostalgia
11/18/2012 La Bejarena Rhymeangel,beauty,death,histor
8/27/2012 Kiss of the Eagle Rhymeadventure,space,travel,
8/23/2012 Delicacy of Leaves Rhymehappiness,nature,time,
8/10/2012 Keep It Turnin' to the Right Rhymeday,earth,funny,life,love
8/10/2012 Cruisin' the Drag Rhymecar,funny,growing up,high

My Photos


Fav Poems

PoemTitleFormCategories
Amazement Free verselife,places,voice,
Pearl Diving Quatrainlove,
Slow Movin Tights Balladme,red,women,
That Night We Kissed Rondeauheart,night,
A Voice In The Wind Rhymeimagination,nature,
Sailing the Seas In A Pecan Tree Rhymeadventure,old,
Soul of the Poet Quatrainfarewell,poems,poetess,
Generations Epicbirth,death,hope,life,
Muse Free versewords,writing,
Falling upward Rhymeanger,angst,bereavement,b
No Longer Mourn for Me When I Am Dead Lyricdeath,faith,religious,
Ashen Snow Villanellesad,september,

Fav Poets

PoetCountry 
Mark Peterson United States Flag United States Read





...