It’s about life in hipster enclaves, and the self-consciousness that makes hipsters desperately disavow the label. entrepreneurship, in which people reject office jobs in favor of becoming, say, an appliqué-pillow designer with a page on Etsy.Many of its characters are caught up in the prideful culture of D. (This season, a couple launch a business based on the catchphrase “We can pickle that!
(Four acres.) The waitress excuses herself and returns to the table with a file folder and a photograph.
“Here is the chicken you’ll be enjoying tonight,” she says, with therapeutic solemnity.
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Commonly used by undercover operatives of all kinds while wearing a wire or being in a bugged room, people engaged in a combat sport, and people engaged in a setting where reality and fiction could easily be mixed up.
(See Covert Distress Code.) When Played for Drama, (sub)cultural flavor or similar, the safe word is likely to be either "red" or some other simple word that isn't easily used by mistake.
,” brining everything from eggs at an urban farm to a broken high heel found on the sidewalk.) “Portlandia” is an extended joke about what Freud called the narcissism of small differences: the need to distinguish oneself by minute shadings and to insist, with outsized militancy, on the importance of those shadings.
Brownstein, who is also one of the show’s writers and producers, told me, “In general, things in a place like Portland are really great, so little concerns become ridiculous.
There are a lot of people here who can afford—financially but also psychologically—to be really, really concerned about buying local, for instance. It’s like Alexander Pope’s ‘Rape of the Lock.’ I was standing in line at Whole Foods, and the guy in front of me says, ‘I really wish you guys sold locally made fresh pasta.’ And the cashier says, ‘Look, we do.’ And the guy says, ‘No, no—that’s from Seattle.’ Really? ”“Portlandia” presents a heightened version of the city’s twee urbanity: a company sells artisanal light bulbs, a hotel offers a manual typewriter to every guest, and a big local event is the Allergy Pride Parade.
The mayor, played by Kyle Mac Lachlan, becomes an object of scandal when he’s “outed” as the bass guitarist in a middle-of-the-road reggae band.
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