The Toll of Living Awash in Irony

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Christy Wampole is a French professor who writes a lot of cultural criticism. In 2012, she wrote a New York Times column, called “How to Live Without Irony”. If you read the comments, it seemed like every hipster everywhere instantly hated it. Electric Lit’s reviewer said it made him want to "shit in his hat." 

Luckily that wasn’t the only reaction. After President Trump was elected, Wampole wrote a follow-up on living without irony (subtitled, “for real, this time”).

Steve Paulson got together with her to talk un-ironically about irony.