Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization

Thank you Adbusters for showing me the light.  Hipster=Hell.

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Really though, if the Hipster is the end of Western Civilization, what about the East?  Is there any more ‘authenticity’ or socio-political revolutionary drive behind Harajuku Girls and other Japanese youth tribes?  Probably not.  The Hipster is just a localized, Occidental incaranation of the universal symptoms of the malaise of Late Capitalism.

The first rule of Hipsterdom is to deny that you are Hipster. And to make fun of other Hipsters.  Because sincerity is dead.  Ideology is dead.  Our lives are now bookended by air quotes.

A small favor (only takes 30 seconds)

Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director of LGBT Rights at Human Rights Watch, has been nominated for the Jos Brink Prize, award by the Dutch government for outstanding work on furthering LGBT human rights. Before coming to HRW, Boris was member of the Dutch Parliament.  He sponsored a bill on the opening of civil marriage to same sex couples and a bill on adoption by gay couples.  Both bills became law in 2001.

The prize is determined by popular vote on the internet.  This is where we need your help.  Please vote for Boris at http://www.coc.nl/dopage.pl?thema=any&pagina=polls&stelling_id=87.

It only takes a few seconds, and no registration or personal information is necessary.  The site is in Dutch, but voting is simple and straightforward.  You don’t need to read Dutch or even be Dutch to participate.

Boris is currently in second place, but we only need a few more votes to get him to number one, so your vote counts.  The recipient of the prize will receive 10,000 Euros and an artwork.  More importantly, winning the prize would give Human Rights Watch an increased visibility in our fight to protect the rights of LGBT communities around the world, especially in places where they are being discriminated against, tortured and executed.

Thanks so much for your help, or as the Dutchies say, “Dank je wel.”

More about Boris
More on HRW’s work on LGBT rights

Taiwan Trip Photos

Dead Dictators

I got back last night from a 2 week vacation in Taiwan. The trip back to the homeland featured stays in Taipei, the bustling metropolitan capital of Taiwan, and Taichung, the 3rd largest city and my mom’s hometown. We also made a jaunt up to the mountains for a few days to escape the subtropical heat of the cities.

I fell off the vegetarian wagon in a bad way on the trip and overate in general. Taiwanese hospitality is the downfall of my waistline. But why, oh why are the Shanghai soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung so good? And why must they contain pork? I did try some vegan ‘tuna’ sashimi at a seafood buffet in Taichung, but it was slimy and rather nasty.

Din Tai Fung Soup Dumplings

I hope that being back to my daily routine in NYC will put me back on track. Stopped by the new Tribeca Whole Foods on my way home for some soy milk, organic bananas and açaí for smoothie making. How BoBo of me. 😉

Photos from the Taiwan trip on Flickr.