Monday, November 11, 2013

Overheard on a flight back to Canberra

There are all these new places in ten before two.

What's that?

It's a coffee place near the city.

Is it full of those hipsters??

Yes (he nods earnestly whilst pulling out the latest copy of quarterly essay*). It's a lot like... a Melbourne cafe.

With that he flicks opens the quarterly essay and pushes up his glasses - the conversation done. And all of a sudden it became apparent we actually have a hipster in our midst, seated in 3A. The classic Canberra intellectual hipster, such a political nerd that they don't actually recognise themselves as being hip...but they are in their own way and should be approached with caution.  

* Full disclosure. I have a copy of quarterly essay on my coffee table. I haven't actually read it, I just keep it there for the optics.

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