“Maybe I’m not as comfortable being powerless as you are.” Season one, New Amsterdam
“People tell you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be.” Season four, The Summer Man
“I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I’ve already been.” Season three, Out of Town
“Change is neither good or bad, it simply is.” Season three, Love Among the Ruins
“People were buying cigarettes before Freud was born.” Season one, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“Is this a substance much like bullshit?” Season four, The Suitcase
“I blow up bridges.” Season one, Babylon
“I hate to break it to you, but there is no big lie, there is no system, the universe is indifferent.” Season one, The Hobo Code
“What you call love was invented by guys like me … to sell nylons.” Season one, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“I can’t decide … if you have everything … or nothing.” Season one, Ladies Room
“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.” Season three, Love Among the Ruins
“Why is this empty?” Season four, The Rejected (about his empty bottle of booze)
“I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t one.” Season one, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“You don’t cover for me. You manage people’s expectations.” Season two, The Benefactor
“It wasn’t a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover.” Season one, Marriage of Figaro
“Sterling Cooper has more failed artists and intellectuals than the Third Reich.” Season one, New Amsterdam
“Is that what you want, or is that what people expect of you?” Season four, The Good News
“Let’s take it a little slower. I don’t want to wake up pregnant.” Season one, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“Why does everybody need to talk about everything?” Season four, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
“You’ll realize in your private life that at a certain point seduction is over and force is actually being requested.” Season one, The Hobo Code
“It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but you know it doesn’t end well. You’ve gotta move forward … as soon as you can figure out what that means.” Season two, Six Month Leave
“There will be fat years, and there will be lean years, but it is going to rain.” Season three, Out of Town
“We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what he had.” Season four, The Summer Man
“I’m glad that this is an environment where you feel free to fail.” Season four, The Suitcase
“This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.” Season two, New Girl
“When a man walks into a room, he brings his whole life with him. He has a million reasons for being anywhere. Just ask him.” Season four, The Summer Man
“People want to be told what to do so badly that they’ll listen to anyone.” Season one, Babylon
“I eat a lot of apples.” Season three, For Those Who Think Young
“You are the product. You feeling something. That’s what sells. Not them. Not sex. They can’t do what we do, and they hate us for it.” Season two, For Those Who Think Young
“You want some respect? Go out and get it for yourself.” Season four, The Summer Man
“We’re gonna sit at our desks typing while the walls fall down around us. Because we’re the least important, most important thing there is.” Season four, Blowing Smoke
“I would have my secretary do it, but she’s dead.” Season four, The Beautiful Girls
“Every day I tried not to think about what would happen if this happened.” Season four, Chinese Wall
“That is a roach. Let’s go someplace darker.” Season four, The Suitcase
“I don’t hate Christmas, I just hate this Christmas.” Season four, Christmas Comes But Once a Year
"… Nostalgia: it’s delicate, but potent … In Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards … it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It let’s us travel the way a child travels — around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know are loved.” Season one, The Wheel
“I’m late, but you’re not. Good work so far.” Season four, The Suitcase
“Mourning is just extended self-pity.” Season one, Babylon
“I’ll probably fall asleep on you.” Season four, Chinese Wall
“Advertising is based on one thing, happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is okay. You are okay.” Season one, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
“Saloons provide moments of genuine ecstasy—but only if your soul is at peace and the rest of your life bears contemplating. Otherwise, they are palaces of misery.”—Wilfrid Sheed, The Good Word & Other Words
“This is just the beginning. If the government is allowed to tell people to buy health care, it won’t stop there. I wonder what’s next? This isn’t about one particular religion—it’s about the right of any American to live out their faith without the government picking and choosing which doctrines they’re allowed to follow.”—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on controversial amendment sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
“In real life we are thinking of multiple stories all the time. We are thinking of something in our head, we are listening to something someone is telling us, while we hear something on the radio. At the same time we are reading a sign and watching what other people are doing. We are taking all of these things in and are keeping it all straight. To me this process is much more interesting than having to pay attention to only on a story on a screen, especially when I can probably predict what’s going to happen anyway.”—Pat O’Neill
“We are excited to see someone ask, ‘Will you marry me?,’ whether on bended knee in a restaurant or in text splashed across a stadium Jumbotron. Certainly it would not have the same effect to see ‘Will you enter into a registered domestic partnership with me?”—California State Court, on overturning California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage
"It’s fascinating to consider the similarities and the differences between François and Antoine," wrote Kent Jones in a 2003 essay for Criterion on Antoine and Colette (1962), the short film in which Antoine, all of 17, falls in love for the first time. Kent Jones notes that Truffaut has shifted the “cultural meeting ground” of the young lovers “from the cinematheque,” where Truffaut, at 17, fell for a girl named Liliane Litvin…
to the concert hall, the first of many replacements Truffaut would find for his chosen art form: literature in many films, theater in The Last Metro, pedagogy in The Wild Child , the dead in The Green Room  — interesting that Day for Night , the one movie in which Truffaut takes the cinema itself as his subject, is one of his tamest.
More intriguing is Antoine himself. Léaud at all ages seems at once more manic and concentrated than Truffaut, enraptured by his own insights and deeply, almost stubbornly alone. This feeling of recessiveness in the actor and his character are quite far from the young Truffaut, a wildly ambitious figure who enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of arts and letters. His compulsive drive didn’t go into his characters, who tend to become lost in the thrall of their own obsessions. The drive went into the filmmaking, in an effort to render an image of that fleeting apparition known as human experience. Which he manages in this little film with amazing fluency and delicacy.
Which brings us, of course, to the unfair fact that mentions of Truffaut nearly always lead to mentions of Godard, whereas mentions of Godard can flourish on their own. Fate took Truffaut too young — he was 52 when he died in 1984 — and not only was that “triumphant arrival” not all that far behind him but it was also a double act. Fortunately — very fortunately — we were able to celebrate Godard’s 80th in December 2010 and just a week ago we were able to report the latest on his next film.
In 2008, I quoted from Ronald Bergan's introduction to his collection, François Truffaut: Interviews, and today’s a fine day to revisit that passage, leaving the final word for now to Truffaut himself: “[I]n stark contrast to the oeuvre of his erstwhile New Wave comrade, Jean-Luc Godard, Truffaut’s films are not overtly political in any way. ‘For right or wrong, I believe there is no art without paradox: now in the political film, there is no paradox, because already in the script, it is decided who is good and who is bad.’ … Truffaut’s rejection of current topics or fashions is not a conservative one, but the need to retain a freedom and purity of expression uncluttered by the zeitgeist. For him, the eternal theme of Love ‘is more important than social questions. It is the way to lead people to truth. There is more truth in sentimental relations than in social relations. There is more truth in the bedroom than in the office or the board room.’” (via Mubi)
[listen mother, he punched the air: I am not your son dying]
listen mother, he punched the air: I am not your son dying the day fades and the starlings roost: a body’s a husk a nest of goodbye
his wrist colorless and soft was not a stick of chewing gum how tell? well a plastic bracelet with his name for one. & no mint his eyes distinguishable from oysters how? only when pried open
she at times felt the needle going in. felt her own sides cave. she rasped she twitched with a palsy: tectonic plates grumbled under her feet
soiled his sheets clogged the yellow BIOHAZARD bin: later to be burned soot clouds billowed out over the city: a stole. a pillbox hat [smart city] and wouldn’t the taxis stop now. and wouldn’t a hush smother us all
the vascular walls graffitied and scarred. a clotted rend in the muscle wend through the avenues throttled t-cells. processional staph & thrush
the scourge the spike a stab a shending bile the grace the quenching mother who brought me here, muddler: open the window. let birds in
“…a writer was an information-gathering machine, I thought, and especially as a journalist, my job was to go out into the world and gather details, moments, impressions as visual and immediate as TV. Facts were what we needed most. And if you watched the world closely enough, I believed (and still do), you could begin to see what it would do next, just as you can with a sibling or a friend; Don DeLillo or Salman Rushdie aren’t mystics, but they can tell us what the world is going to do tomorrow because they follow it so attentively.”—from Pico Iyer, A long sentence is worth the read
TOP 27 TV HIPSTERS [CHARACTER (Actor, Show): Context]:
MAYNARD G. KREBS (Bob Denver, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis): Perhaps the Forefather of the Modern Hipster Movement, Maynard actually represented Beatniks of the fifties and sixties. But with Krebs, Denver — along with his portrayal iconic slacker Gilligan — was an obvious progenitor of Hipster attitude, fashion and music.
BERT (Frank Oz, Sesame Street): C’mon, look at him — he’s got one eyebrow, sports a faux-hawk, always wears a turtleneck, still lives with his first roommate and is obsessed with pigeons.
LISA SIMPSON (Yeardly Smith, The Simpsons): An accomplished jazz saxophone player, an avowed vegetarian and a converted Buddhist, for 20 years (and for an entire generation), Lisa Simpson has personified the model modern feminist. She was an environmentalist before Al Gore wrote An Inconvenient Truth and was identified by PETA as one of the most animal-friendly characters in TV history. In short, Zooey Deschanel wishes she were Lisa Simpson.
COSMO KRAMER (Michael Richards, Seinfeld): He had an extensive vintage wardrobe, hosted a talk show in his apartment, lived in the most expensive neighborhood on earth with no apparent source of income, wrote a coffee table book about coffee tables, invented a fragrance that smells like the beach and created an imaginary job with no pay. He may actually have been the mold from which all Hipsters were formed.
PHOEBE BUFFAY (Lisa Kudrow, Friends): First, I must note my strong belief that being a twin is almost an immediate qualifier for Hipsterism, thus explaining the mention of three sets of twins in this list. Second, Phoebe was a coffee bar musician and a massage therapist; she once lived in a Buick; she believed an alley cat was the reincarnation of her mother; she served as baby surrogate for her half brother; and while she once had gay ice skater husband, she wound up with Paul Rudd. I’m sure they live in Williamsburg by now.
WILE E. COYOTE (Mel Blanc, Loony Tunes): The originator of the DIY “Maker Movement”, Wile E. was a frustrated inventor of artesian Road Runner traps. He must have been living off his parents, as he never caught his food and spent a bloody fortune on materials from Acme. He seemed to have sworn a part-time vow of silence, except, of course, while hunting Bugs Bunny, when referred to himself as a “Super Genius” in a fake British accent. Please.
ERNIE KOVACS (Ernie Kovacs Show and many others): Probably the greatest TV mind you’ve never seen on TV. Kovacs was one of television’s first true auteurs, creating many techniques of video, variety and comedy later used by SNL, Laugh-In, Letterman and others. However, he was FAR from mainstream. He put a homemade kaleidoscope in front of the camera lens and once filled an entire half hour of prime time without any dialogue. In fact, his stuff was so far ahead of its time, no one really watched it — thus earning him instant Hipster Cred.
LISA LOOPNER & TODD DILAMUCA (Gilda Radner & Bill Murray, SNL): The original TV Hipster Couple. Look at them. Todd’s Dad was Buck Henry, his chief rival was Steve Martin and he wore his pants under his armpits. Lisa was proto-feminist with an eyewear fetish, originated allergy chic and was obsessed with Marvin Hamlish. Plus she attracted older musicians, yet still took her Mom to the Prom.
NORVILLE ROGERS aka ‘SHAGGY’ (Casey Kasem, Scooby Doo Where Are You?): Shaggy was of the model Hannah Barbera Hipster — originally created as a non violent alternative to the Super Hero cartoons (true story). He was the original Hipster Foodie, who turned odd food combinations into his own artisanal cuisine; he ate anything he wanted yet never gained a pound; and he invented his own, strange Hipster language (Jinkies, Zoinks!).
MIKE NESMITH (The Monkees): His mom invented Liquid Paper, he jammed with Frank Zappa and he was the inventor of the ironic use of the wool hat. Plus, he produced Repo Man.
MISTER PEABODY & ‘HIS BOY’ SHERMAN (Bill Scott and Walter Tetley, The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show): Long before Bill and Ted, Peabody and Sherman made time travel cool. Mr. Peabody was a small, designer dog who invented a time machine called a WABAC, wore thick black glasses and a bow tie, had an obsession for bad puns and adopted a boy out of wedlock.
STEVEN QUINCY URKEL (Jaleel White, Family Matters): TV Guide once named Urkel the 27th Greatest TV Character of All Time. As unreal as that may seem, many experts do credit Steve as an important pioneer of the Hipster movement — he did crosswords in pen; started the oversized glasses ‘thing’ and even inspired his own dance. Like it or not, that TGIF line-up is still a force in popular culture. Not only is Urkel’s look all over the streets of Silver Lake and Portland, the Olsen twins were just named Vogue’s Most Fashionable Siblings.
TOM & DICK SMOTHERS (The Smothers Brothers): Their incredibly subversive show unseated mainstream western Bonanza as the #1 TV show and was the only show to allow both The Doors and The Who to perform live. They constantly took on network censors and the Nixon administration and got fired for it, rather than change their ways. What’s more, they launched Steve Martin’s writing career and to this day have an act that features a Yo-Yo.
DARIA MORGENDORFFER (Tracy Grandstaff, Daria): Daria is one of the primary trees from which modern female TV Hipsters fall. She was the foil of Beavis and Butthead; her theme song was “You’re Standing On My Neck”; and her wardrobe was the pitch-perfect polar opposite of Benneton. Her deadpan delivery is still echoed by disenchanted teen girls who tell their parents that something is “almost as fun as drowning”.
TIE: SQUARE PEGS and FREAKS & GEEKS - (Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, John Femia, Merritt Butrick and Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr): These ‘broken series’ are two holy grails of the Hipster TV Pantheon (also see My So Called Life below). Pegs is a shared touchstone for GenXers everywhere and the TV birthplace of SJP. FnG was first to recognize the Hipster charms of James Franco as well as about half of today’s comedy mafia. IMHO, however, they are most notable for two major Hipster Icons: Johnny “Slash” Ulasewicz and Bill Haverchuck. Slash’s laid-back, high-on-life attitude and Bill’s deadpan delivery and better-than-Urkel eyewear continue to stand the tests of time.
BRIAN GRIFFIN (Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy): Another note — in my estimation, almost all talking dogs are Hipsters, thus explaining the inclusion of two dogs and one coyote on this list (as well as the absence of Scooby Doo, who cannot really talk). As for his specific Hipster Cred, Brian is failed writer who lives rent-free, drinks a lot of beer and coffee and loves opera and jazz.
SHEMP (Shemp Howard, The Three Stooges): He lived in Brooklyn, he originally quit The Stooges to go solo and then, there’s that hair. One of TV’s earliest Hipsters.
APRIL LUDGATE (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation): April is a live-action version of Daria, updated for the post-Clinton era. She’s half Puerto Rican, got her internship because she overslept and her boyfriend is a shoe-shine guy/musician/receptionist. April is the cool girl in the club that won’t give you the time of day because she doesn’t care to have it.
ARTEMUS GORDON (Ross Martin, Wild Wild West): Perhaps the only example of a TV Cowboy Hipster, Artemus was a connoisseur of gadgetry, costumes and role play. Plus, he and his partner lived and worked on a really awesome train.
JESS DAY (Zooey Deschanel, New Girl): New Girl has seemingly breathed new life into TV Hipster Culture. Jess sings every day conversations, she’s a teacher who actually cares and she lives platonically (so far) with three guys in an industrial loft in what must be Silver Lake (does anyone actually know in which fiction Hipster haven this show is set?). Plus, she’s injected “Adorkable” into the American vernacular. If she weren’t so damn cute, she’d drive me absolutely nuts.
ALEXANDER CABOT III & ALEXANDRA CABOT (Casey Kasem and Sherry Alberoni, Josie & The Pussycats): In a cartoon equivalent of the Playboy Club, twin sibs Alexander and Alexandra served as snarky counterpoints to the pretty people. As for Hipster Cred: they were trust fund babies who hung out with a band yet traveled the planet on a budget. He always wore shades and an ascot; she had a bleached streak in her hair and spent most of her time talking to a cat.
JEREMY GOODWIN & WILLIAM “WILL” BAILEY & (Joshua Malina, Sports Night & West Wing, respectively) — Although he would likely hate this, Josh Malina is the perfect TV hipster — all smarts and earnest beliefs and stuff. As for Hipster Cred: Goodwin was a RainMan-like sports researcher and Will was a wonk’s wonk — plus, both wore glasses and talked real fast.
HIKARU SULU (George Takei, Star Trek): Contrary to popular belief, Sulu, not Spock, was the Hipster on the USS Enterprise. (Spock was too unemotional.) Perhaps the first Asian TV character not to be portrayed as either a servant or a villain, Sulu broke through crucial racial barriers. His hobbies included fencing, botany, gymnastics and collecting antique guns and he is trained as an astrophysicist. Plus, that voice was just so… right.
PETER & NANCE (Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia): You might think this self-serving, since I run the network on which Portlandia airs. Wrong. Since they asked not only if their chicken dish was locally raised but also if he had any friends on the farm where he was raised, Peter & Nance have embodied the current state of Hipsterism. Their excruciating level of political correctness and their sense that they “just know better”, make them a cathartic release for those of us not on the inside of the Hipster culture. Look for more classic Peter and Nance this season.
THE GREAT GAZOO (Harvey Korman, The Flintstones): He referred to everyone else as “dum-dums”, was a failed inventor and was the reason that the mainstream FlintstonesJumped The Shark. Plus his helmet was early Steam-Punk.
COUSIN OLIVER (Robbie Rist, The Brady Bunch): A trend setter, as the first example of the “New Kid” category of Jumping the Shark, Cousin Oliver is also a classic Hipster: his parents left him with his Aunt (Carol) because they’re in South America ‘for research’; he was precociously wise for his age; and he destroyed the very pop culture icon he was there to save.
Here are some notable omissions that may beg explanation: DENISE HUXTABLE (married a sailor); BAY CITY ROLLERS (by the time they got to TV, they were over); THE FONZ (except for the year he wore a wind breaker, I just don’t buy it); MARY TYLER MOORE (almost, but just too… nice); ANGELA CHASE (almost, but too… chaste); and RALPH FURLEY (as far as I know, Hipsters and toupees don’t mix). (via Huffington Post)
It had been a long day at the office and a long ride back to the small apartment where I lived. When I got there I flicked on the light and saw on the table an envelope with my name on it. Where was the clock? Where was the calendar? The handwriting was my father’s, but he had been dead for forty years. As one might, I began to think that maybe, just maybe, he was alive, living a secret life somewhere nearby. How else to explain the envelope? To steady myself, I sat down, opened it, and pulled out the letter. “Dear Son,” was the way it began. “Dear Son” and then nothing.
“Why do these people speak in such a high pitch? Why do their jaws barely open when they talk? Why do the ends of their sentences go up as if they’re asking a question? Odd vowels, clipped words, and always a hiss on the letter s… no wonder it’s impossible not to mimic them.”—Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
What usually attracts you to a person? Physically, emotionally, personality wise, whatever.
..do I have a secret admirer? #egoboost
But in all sincerity, I don’t usually carry around a check list of attractive qualities my ideal partner would possess. Maybe it’s because I’m never actively searching for the one. If I were to choose a quality though, my person would be incredibly witty…And hot.