Squares Among The Hip

Illustration from a 1959 short story that appeared in Cosmopolitan. Not the short hair of the uptown lady in relation to the downtown gals.

The caption reads, “They sprawled about in rapture. The bearded poet read. It was awful, Jim thought.” 

8 Comments on "Squares Among The Hip"

  1. No wonder; the poet should have been punctuating his pentameter with a few timely taps on a set of bongos.

  2. randomcommet | January 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm |

    interesting that this shit was going on way before the ‘flower child’ era – 1967
    A really good Ivy-vs-Beatnick movie is Funny Face (fred astaire audrey hepburn 1957)

  3. Andrew Rogers | January 20, 2019 at 12:22 pm |

    A less good movie is “The Rebel Set” (1959), which was featured in season 4 of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” The movie opens with a scene very much like the illustration, with an uptown lady in raptures over the verse of a hip bearded poet, while her besuited and very square husband rolls his eyes and makes snarky comments.

  4. “Quaint” is the term that comes to mind. This kind of stuff was brought to you by the types who later thought that Sonny & Cher were “hippies”.

  5. Charlottesville | January 22, 2019 at 10:16 am |

    Thanks for the reminder, randomcommet. Funny Face is definitely worth re-watching. The beatnik vs. square theme also appeared more recently in the period pieces Down With Love and Med Men.

  6. Is it just me or does the poet sit like he is playing for the other team?



  7. I think it’s just you and you’re projecting your repressed feminine side onto an image.

  8. Well, I never!


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