Dating an indie girl
Of course she can, because this is the kind of cool restaurant in Portland, Oregon, where patrons regularly seek elaborate assurances about the virtuousness of their food.The waitress informs the couple that the place serves only local, free-range, “heritage-breed, woodland-raised chicken that’s been fed a diet of sheep’s milk, soy, and hazelnuts.” But because the diners, Peter and Nance, are characters on “Portlandia”—a television comedy in which precious concerns spin into giddy lunacy—the conversation does not stop there.MPDG is a term that was coined by a whip-smart satirical columnist for the Onion to describe "that bubbly, shallow, cinematic creature that exists solely in the imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries".Manic Pixie Dream Girls have long tortured the loins of guys who think they deserve, or need, more than your average bimbo chick.
Nance, played by Carrie Brownstein, needs to know the size of the parcel of land where the chicken roamed freely.
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.
smugly enamored couple sit in a restaurant, their hands clasped as they fret over the menu.
The chicken, for instance: can the waitress tell them a little bit about its provenance?
Unlike Norman Mailer's "hipsters" who appeared in his essay "The White Negro" as existentialist jazz fans living a life surrounded by death - honourable dreamers, you could say - 21st-century Hipster Girls were born out of the alternative art and music scene of the early Nineties, wielding a banner in rejection of mainstream commerciality. Well, that once cultish rejection of popular culture has come back to bite itself on the arse, becoming mainstream and available for purchase at any good High Street store.