Perhaps as hipsterism
becomes orthodox, the authenticity of this strand of creative culture is being lost, a little.
Behind and beneath the apparent obsession, refusal, or his cool form of "middle-aged hipsterism
," is Davis's unique responsiveness to his times, "a gut reaction to growing up black in mid-century America." No matter how cool the music is, or however much Davis "has avoided talking about [his past and his feelings] as far as he can," since "expressions of sentiments are considered signs of weakness" and "talking openly about the past invites the flow of feelings," the very coolness of his music often suggests his insatiable passion and nostalgia.
Nothing is more defining of hipsterism
than semiironic coronation of its own celebrities, and by making a half-hearted, jesting attempt to elevate me to celebrity status, Boston had given its mob an appropriately sly turn.
If so he already was a neocon in 1958 when he wrote "The Know-Nothing Bohemians" in which he excoriates the counterculture ("hipsterism
," the "Beat Generation") of the late '50s:
Although Solanas's SCUM Manifesto does not include the blatant racism and homophobia of Mailer's pamphlet, the violent existential feminism which Solanas advocated parallels the doctrine of violent hipsterism
which Mailer preached.
Without a context to give their movements meaning, these individuals in extremis evoke only a sort of vague hipsterism
, an untimely version of existential alienation.
The tragic dimensions of the story, in her view, are two: first, these destructive patterns of use swept over much of the country in certain periods when misguided Americans engaged in a "romance" with "hipsterism
," or heedless thrill-seeking connected with a pose of cool detachment from restrictive bourgeois ideals; second, the harshest impacts fell on minority communities as illicit markets became entrenched in impoverished urban neighborhoods, while affluent whites were able to escape the heaviest consequences of drug use.
Magic realism's debut in the expanding narco-rhetoric gains an anchoring, too, from Lennon's affective treatise: he adeptly snapshots Mailer's dark realism in "Lipton's Journal" dated December 31, 1954, as Mailer notes that "The atom bomb may naturally have kicked off hipsterism
"(A Double Life 189) and more poignantly and thoughtfully, "we will never be able to determine the psychic havoc of the concentration camps and the atom bomb upon the unconscious mind of almost everyone alive in these years" (189).
The appealing Breaker's light touch never falters, deftly offsetting the posturing pretensions of countercultural hipsterism
with his character's youthful ingenuousness.