Literary journal n + 1 will be releasing a small book entitled 'What Was The Hipster' -- a "sociological investigation" into the hipster trend, and whether or not it has left for good. The journal's editors convened a year earlier to discuss the topic, a forum which the Observer profiled. At the panel Christian Lorenzen, a senior Harper's editor, had this to say:
It is a culture, or trend, or style, or way-of-being, that many have tried to kill before.
"the truth is that there was no such culture worth speaking of, and the people called hipsters just happened to be young, and, more often than not, funny-looking."