THE PHENOMENON OF HIP:
A FOREWORD TO THE ANCIENT BOOK OF HIP

At the turn of the 21st century, hordes of people migrated into urban centers, most notably New York City & other American cities in the Northeast & Northwest. For the first time in modern recorded history, more people lived in urban settings than suburban or rural ones. Many of these pioneers were young twenty-somethings supported financially by their parents. At the time, I was living in New York City, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. I took an interest in observing this phenomenon, which I will refer to as the phenomenon of hip.

This book is a documentation, a case study, an oral history, or whatever you want to call it. It attempts to get down on paper an accurate depiction of the phenomenon of hip as it existed during that time period. Through observation, research, experimentation, & creative license, I've created a record that will hopefully give future generations an entry point into the phenomenon of hip. A record that is not an academic anthropological pursuit, but something of the sort, and perhaps something a little more accessible.

-DWL

 

WHAT?


If you've just read the foreword & are confused & or bemused, do not fear, you're not alone. In fact, I don't know exactly what I was talking about when I wrote it either. One thing I can say is that to understand the phenomenon of hip as I see it, you can do nothing but read THE ANCIENT BOOK OF HIP. Or you could, I suppose, kidnap me & take me on a cross country road trip. (Note the word could, not should)

Read some samples in the section labelled documentation.

-DWL


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