November 25th, 2009 India Nicholas, Ben Waterhouse | Special Section Stories
 

...A Hipster

A smart hipster is anti-fur but pro-earflap.

     
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Conspicuously cute in a hairy kind of way, fueled by detached nostalgia and unwilling to accept adulthood: in a nutshell, your typical Portland scenester. Also, the monsters from Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers’ oh-so-hip Where the Wild Things Are. Medicom toys unites the two with the latest edition to its Kubrick line of movie tie-in toys for adults: eight assorted monsters from the film, rendered in 2-inch vinyl. $9.99 per figure. Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave., floatingworldcomics.com. (BW)

Your friend is a smart cookie. She wrote her thesis at Reed on Romantic British lit. Expand her horizons while still giving her what she likes with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. The updated version of Jane Austen’s classic is exactly what it sounds like: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy falling in love while brutally slaying the undead. Get the Deluxe Heirloom Edition in hardcover to really impress. $24.95. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, 246-0056, annieblooms.com. (IN)

When Saturday night gets a little wild and you have to crash at your friend’s house, brunch the next morning is always the best form of rejuvenation. That is, unless your friend is vegan and only knows how to cook flavorless tofu scrambles. Teach her some new tricks withVegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. This local author’s chocolate beer waffle recipe will have you coming back to your friend’s kitchen every Sunday morning. $19.95. Microcosm, 833 SE Main St., No. 108, 232-3666, microcosmpublishing.com. (IN)

You’ve gone through 15 Christmases with your bestie. What do you get her when you think you’ve given her everything? Hand her the key to your heart, locked in a tiny cage for only her to use. Keith McQueen has it all ready for you in the form of a delicate silver necklace. And it’s pretty, too. $260. Radish Underground, 414 SW 10th Ave., 928-6435, radishunderground.com. (IN)

Winter in Portland? It gets cold up in this bitch! But wearing a fur hat will get you dirty looks on Hawthorne and make you a walking target for PETA’s paint-flingers. A smart Portland hipster is anti-fur but pro-earflap. Paula Deer hats are locally made from repurposed materials and keep your head warm while your furry friends remain alive and kickin’. $45. Tender Loving Empire, 1720 NW Lovejoy St., 243-5859, tenderlovingempire.com. (IN)

 
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