What is the most polarizing and important youth movement since
Artisanal chocolate. Mustaches. Locally sourced vegetables. Etsy.
Flea markets. Cult films. Horn-rimmed glasses.
What do all of these icons have in common? They are signifiers
that author Marc Spitz groups as falling under the umbrella of
Twee, a powerful, expansive youth movement that has colored popular
culture in surprising ways.
In the same way that Douglas Coupland branded Generation X with
his groundbreaking novel, Spitz gives name to a sensibility that
prizes kindness over irony, encourages obsessive fandom and
collection culture, supports a hunger for purity of craft, and,
most important, strives for the preservation of the innocence of
childhood. As a result, Twee is divisive, and Spitz shows that
there is a tribe of people who fiercely self-identify while others
Twee features exclusive interviews plus in-depth
research on Twee touchstones past and present, including Walt
Disney, James Dean, J. D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Truman
Capote, Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Jean Seberg, the Kinks, Judy
Blume, Nick Drake, Jonathan Richman, Beat Happening, the Smiths,
They Might Be Giants, Nirvana, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson,
Pitchfork, This American Life,
McSweeney''s, mumblecore, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens,
Miranda July, Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham, Portlandia, and
Expansive, engaging, and festooned with more than enough
kittens, this is the first definitive history of Twee.