Magazine April 7, 2014, Issue

Shooting at the Hip

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You, by Greg Gutfeld (Crown Forum, 272 pp., $26)

Let’s get my only complaint out of the way first. Not since Gone with the Wind was initially called “Tomorrow Is Another Day” has such a great book been saddled with such an inadequate title. Titles are supposed to hit the reader where he lives, but this one is an eviction notice. It starts with a negative, and then revives “elite,” long benumbed from its association with everything from social class to matched luggage. Were it my book I would call it “Drinking the Cool-Aid: How America’s Useful Idiots Are Poisoning Our National Life.”

That said, let the hosannas begin. Greg

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SNOW DROPS First useless spears against the humus’s black backdrop, then collapse to heads hung down in puny lampshade petals: collapse without bud-burst. Autochthonous, unsown, their whited time condensed, they bell in clusters. No tongue claps and will not stop. The freak wind blusters. Down ...
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