Booked: Much, Much Cooler Than You

* There’s a dual book signing this Saturday at the Bookworm in Countryside Village at 87th and Pacific. Sarah McKinstry-Brown will sign copies of her book, Cradling Monsoons, and Amy Plettner will sign hers, Undoing Orion’s Belt, at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both writers have received MFAs from the University of Nebraska — McKinstry-Brown’s in poetry and Plettner’s in writing — and both are promoting their first books. * Did you set your alarm clock early for Record Store Day last Saturday? Do you pride yourself on your knowledge of arcane movie trivia? Do you go out of your way to try the latest microbrew? If you answered “yes” to any of these (or even if you didn’t), do yourself a favor and check out the supremely amazing Indie Cred Test, an immense, impressive and hilarious takedown of hipsterdom in all its forms from the fine folks at Chunklet magazine. * Subtitled “Everything You Need to Know About Knowing Everything You Need To Know,” the lengthy quiz will inevitably hit close to home. Resembling an SAT or ACT test, the Indie Cred Test covers such topics as general wardrobe (“Is there any kind of T-shirt that can’t be worn ironically?”), food (“Do you ever find yourself in heated discussions about why barbecue is a noun and not a verb?”), music (“Has Henry Rollins spit on you more than once?”) and much, much, much more. There are essay questions — “Name five tolerable bands on Saddle Creek. (Bonus for non-shared members)” and “How did you handle your unexpected total disinterest in Fugazi after loving them for so long?” as well as checklists of journalist jargon: “Have you ever described a band or their record as ‘axe-wielding,’ ‘angular,’ or ‘visceral?’ and multiple choice questions. Given the book’s breadth and scope, it will inevitably hit way too close to home in some areas. Still, it’s laser-focused precision and egalitarian approach to skewering hipsterdom in all its forms is commendable.

posted at 09:56 pm
on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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