Kirsten Chilstrom: Rebuttal: Montauk's Hipster Fatigue
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Montauk's Surf Lodge, photographed by Kirsten Chilstrom
The New York Times declared it: "Montauk Feels the Effects of Too Many Hipsters." It was a bold statement, in Jim Rutenberg's Style Section article, titled "Montauk's Hipster Fatigue," which went live on August 3. In his piece, Rutenberg begins by discussing a sign, seen throughout Montauk, of a fedora with a slash through it. Below it, the observer finds the ominous caption, "Save Montauk." The hat, Rutenberg says, "represents your basic hipster." He goes on to describe a hipster as someone with "artisanal tattoos; a bespoke, frontiersman beard; and, yes, a fedora perched atop the head." These superficial qualities are accompanied, he continues, by an attitude of "I'm richer than you, I'm hipper than you and, gosh darn it, some things are going to change around here."
This past Saturday, I hopped into a friend's car and headed east to see for myself if East Hampton's rural eastern neighbor really had been invaded
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