A Book About Twee?

Yes, and it’s by Marc Spitz. In the book, set to be released early this summer, Spitz…

…explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that’s embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee’s roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

The “New Books Similar to This One” panel is my favorite part of the synopsis.

Full disclosure: I count the Lucksmiths and Go-Betweens as two of my all-time favorite bands; I enjoy the music of Belle & Sebastian in moderation; I watch Portlandia; listen to the Smiths from time to time; I usually see the latest Wes Anderson film in theaters shortly after its debut; and I often make time for a full episode of This American LifeI do not, however, consider Nirvana “twee.”

Found via {salon}.

Portlandia on Portland

Fascinating article with Carrie Brownstein about Portland, prompted by Portlandia’s season two debut…  but the interview quickly gets to the actual town and the pervasiveness of the characters there.

…We’ve reached a tipping point of an ideological sameness — like Brooklyn, Portland and Silver Lake don’t seem that different. There’s sort of pop culture and this kind of niche culture. They have a similar broad appeal. One person goes to a city and looks for a Starbucks, the other person goes to a city and looks for a Stumptown (Coffee) or something close to it. Both those people exist and both can be satisfied in almost any part of the country. You can go to St. Louis and find a coffee shop that most resembles your Brooklyn coffee shop. It’s an aesthetic, a taste, a lifestyle.

The Portlandia Guide to Portland {salon}.