Daily Archives: December 17, 2012

** The Dead do not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang

Hipster San Francisco is on display inĀ The Dead Do Not Improve, where even police officers are cool surfer dudes and most of the other characters work for Internet startups or are MFA graduates (or both). The twists and turns are duly unexpected, but perhaps a little forced, and the overall effect is surprisingly boring at times, perhaps to signify the essential ennui of said hipsters. Along a very funny scene at the silly, “only in San Francisco” Cafe Gratitude, perhaps the whole point of the book is to make San Francisco residents a little more smug about their city, and to bring nostalgia to past visitors?

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