How to Rock a Bow Tie and a Mo: Q&A with Dan

We're standing side by side facing the mirror as he expertly gives me a tutorial on how to tie a bow tie. The ties are soft woollen ones and very malleable. Nevertheless, I fear that I'm destroying mine with my torturous manipulation of the fabric. In the end, I do manage to tie something around my neck that is recognizably a bow. But if there was such a thing as the … [Read more...]

C’est quoi un Hipster?

“What’s a hipster?” This is a question I was faced with recently when I said that my rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood is full of hipsters. I admit that I had a hard time answering; I think I may have mumbled something about oversized eyeglasses, beards, and being “cool”. My friend lives [blissfully unaware] in the country, but if you live in any kind trendy urban setting, then you see hipsters everywhere and you can’t help but situate yourself in relation to that (Sure, I listen to Wolf Parade, but I'm totally not a hipster... not that there’s anything wrong with that). … [Read more...]