The High Hat
August 5, 2003 11:15 AM   Subscribe

The High Hat is a new online magazine covering culture, the arts, and politics. Looks promising.
posted by staggernation (16 comments total)
Looks promising.

And viral.
posted by the fire you left me at 11:18 AM on August 5, 2003

Most of the contributors to The High Hat first met gathered around that 21st century oracle, l'Internet. More specifically, in one or more of the various message boards that make up some of the many curious, quaint little villages to be found along the Information Superhighway (and what a strange, pothole-ridden, wreckage-dusted stretch of road that's proven to be, eh?). Message boards are funny little entities (as anyone with even a passing acquaintance with them - which is probably most of our readership - can attest).
posted by thomcatspike at 11:21 AM on August 5, 2003

And viral.

Well, no, not in the viral marketing sense. I have no affiliation with the site or its creators, and as far as I can tell it's not even commercial in any way. I just came across it and thought it looked, ah, promising.
posted by staggernation at 11:43 AM on August 5, 2003

Anyone else think of Jon Polito in Miller's Crossing? "I'm sick of the high hat! And I'm sick of coming in here every week to kiss your Irish ass!" No one does sweaty red-faced rage better than Jon Polito.

Plus it'll give me a funny line to use when this 'zine goes tits-up.
posted by mrmanley at 11:44 AM on August 5, 2003


That'll teach me to read the link before I try to say something smart.....
posted by mrmanley at 11:56 AM on August 5, 2003

This is a really interesting first issue. But I would suggest they stay away from all that Republican/Democrat/Conservative/Liberal crap that you can already read on every square inch of printed paper in America, not to mention every other MeFi posting and on every other blog in the universe. On the other hand, I'm always happy to hear something fresh about 69 Love Songs or Japanese Cinema. High-Hat should highlight their political articles right now and hit the delete key. The rest of the thing is really pretty good.
posted by Faze at 12:09 PM on August 5, 2003

As implied by Mr. Polito's line reading, "high-hat" is usually not positive. From Bartleby: "To treat in a superciliously indulgent manner: condescend, patronize." Also, "Characteristic of or resembling a snob: elitist, snobbish, snobby."

Still, if it's from Miller's Crossing it's fine with me.
posted by kirkaracha at 12:25 PM on August 5, 2003

The (re)rebirth of the zine. again. (see also TheBeliever)
posted by shoepal at 12:33 PM on August 5, 2003

I don't know whether it was intentional, but there's not a single woman on that site (writers, masthead). Just seemed sort of a guyspace, which is fine...(ugh, I'm going to regret writing this, aren't I?)
posted by ltracey at 12:42 PM on August 5, 2003

Looking at that site made me feel old and tired. To me, the point of that site isn't to inform anyone about anything, but rather to show everyone how urbane and hip they are: "Hey, look at me! I know about this obscure band! Their cover of 'Wind Beneath My Wings' redefines irony!"

How am I this crotchety at thirty-two?
posted by vraxoin at 1:10 PM on August 5, 2003

"Q: What?
A: The High Hat derives its name from Jon Polito’s character Johnny Casper in the Coen Brothers' movie Miller’s Crossing. Do not give this magazine to Polito."

The High Hat: The Magazine That Treats You Like Some Guinea Fresh Off the Boat, Even Though You're Too Big for That
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:14 PM on August 5, 2003

Any mag that interviews Sally Timms is cool with me. The MC reference is a bonus.
posted by dobbs at 1:31 PM on August 5, 2003

The Believer is great.
posted by Utilitaritron at 2:27 PM on August 5, 2003


Heyyyyyy... are you sure this isn't viral?
posted by soyjoy at 6:52 PM on August 5, 2003

Yeah, I was struck by the high Y-chromosome count. I mean, you would think that out of sixteen articles, at least one might be written by a woman.

Hell, Bust publishes articles by men in every issue!
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:22 PM on August 5, 2003

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