Speaking Of Drunk Authors…

Tonight’s Action Speaks will discuss the 1957 publication of Norman Mailer’s “The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster,” an essay that seemed really cool when I had to read it in eleventh-grade English class.  (Although that may have had to do with the fact that we had just spent four weeks discussing “The Fall of the House of Usher,” which really.)

In it, if I’m remembering this at all correctly, Mailer calls hipsters philosophical psychopaths, a theory that still resonates today, though the definition of hipster’s changed over the past fifty years from “someone that consciously appropriates things from black culture because it’s cool” to “someone that really likes Daft Punk.”  I guess that would make Kanye West the ultimate time-transcending hipster; maybe Adbusters wasn’t that far off when they called hipsters the Dead End of Western Civilization.

Taking part in the panel discussion this week: local hip-hop artist/producer Joe Beats; essayist and Village Voice writer Greg Tate, and literary critic John Gennari.

115 Empire Street

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Providence Daily Dose