Hipster. . . That pretentious, sometimes vile little word we see floating around everywhere these days. No doubt you’ve already had some images of ray bans, skinny jeans, and little upturned noses in coffee shops you’ve never heard of.
Despite all the hate hipsters get these days, they’re supposedly very trendy. And (if you’re reading this you had better) you like books.
So how do you become this awesomely trendy thing while keeping your bookish flare?
1) Make your books hipster.
There are a variety of ways to do this. Some people like to turn their books into decorations or accessories (we’ll get to this in a moment), but I personally prefer this method:
Ah, nothing says hip like a big pair of sunglasses you find at your local Rue 21–Erm, thrift store you’ve never heard of.
2) Read books no one has ever heard of.
Actually, who cares if you read it? Find a summary of it online and carry it around like you own it. Of course, you’re more pretentious for it if you did read it. And don’t forget to take vintage selfies with the books and put them on Instagram.
Where does one find a book like this? Simple. You read that book that no one talks about and no one has heard of and maybe you’ll get lucky and find it among the leftover crumbs at a used book sale.
But not just any classic. Vintage and obscure classics. If you’re a real hipster you wouldn’t want to be caught dead with something off a school reading list unless you have a really vintage and obscure first edition of Of Mice and Men. If you do, you must tell everyone you meet of this important fact.
4) Read books on an e-reader of your choice.
This should go without saying, but in the bookish community physical books are preferred over e-readers, thus making physical books too mainstream for you. Find yourself some obscure e-reader that no one has ever heard of (or maybe a Kindle that isn’t a Fire. You wouldn’t want to be caught dead with a popular tablet) and download all of your favorite books in Russian. Trust me, it’ll make you look smarter.
5) Use books as accessories.
Ah, I told you I’d be getting to this. Carry a book wherever you go. Preferably one such book we discussed above, but *sighs* I suppose any will do. Just tell whoever you meet that you’re really disappointed that whatever popular author (of the book you are carrying) is a sell out or that you can’t believe people actually read this popular, mainstream garbage.
But whatever you do, take it to the coffee shop.