At age 69, I was confused by the article “The Fight for Facial Hair” since I was not familiar with its use of the term “hipsters.” After consulting Wikipedia, I find as a corruption and preemption of the same term, as I have always used it, for a much earlier, authentic group of 1940s and 1950s urban intellectual alternative lifestyle and jazz lovers, historically and spiritually leading to the Beatniks and hippies.

Apparently, the present “hipsters” referenced in the article are nothing but immature and phony poseurs. They should find their own beliefs and fashion statements rather than adopting those of previous generations.

Further, in talking about hirsute excrescence, I wish you would note the trend, especially in fashion and hairstyle ads in magazines and TV, for models to wear scraggly week-on facial growth, often combined with untucked shirttails and loose neckties. Why is being crude and rude the essence of cool?


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