Dating an indie girl
There are a lot of people here who can afford—financially but also psychologically—to be really, really concerned about buying local, for instance. It’s like Alexander Pope’s ‘Rape of the Lock.’ I was standing in line at Whole Foods, and the guy in front of me says, ‘I really wish you guys sold locally made fresh pasta.’ And the cashier says, ‘Look, we do.’ And the guy says, ‘No, no—that’s from Seattle.’ Really? ”“Portlandia” presents a heightened version of the city’s twee urbanity: a company sells artisanal light bulbs, a hotel offers a manual typewriter to every guest, and a big local event is the Allergy Pride Parade.
Vintage band T-shirts taken from her mother, lumberjack shirts found in Help The Aged, skinny jeans torn from Iggy Pop's carcass, Bob Dylan's Ray-Ban wayfarers: the 21st-century Hipster Girl magpies the cool stuff from decades past and assembles it in a smorgasbord of appropriated Hipness. MPDG is a term that was coined by a whip-smart satirical columnist for the Onion to describe "that bubbly, shallow, cinematic creature that exists solely in the imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries".Manic Pixie Dream Girls have long tortured the loins of guys who think they deserve, or need, more than your average bimbo chick.In 2001, the critic Greil Marcus named Sleater-Kinney the best rock band in America, and when it went on indefinite hiatus, five years later, the news triggered many end-of-an-era laments.Last year, Brownstein started a new band, Wild Flag, with the drummer from Sleater-Kinney, Janet Weiss, and two other indie-rock eminences, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole.