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The New Middlebrow

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There's a great story over at GQ about a category of taste that has become so commonplace and so inoffensive and benign that having it is deeply shameful—at least to the pretentiously self-aware. It's called Middlebrow—and, like the friend zone, it's somewhere you don't want to be. Things that are middlebrow: J. Crew, Feist, Chipotle, Jonathan Franzen, Friday Night Lights, Le Pain Quotidien, Damien Hirst, and Inception. Are you middlebrow? More importantly, can't we all just get along? [GQ]