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How-to guide for emo culture

August 21, 2007|By EVA NIESSNER

People these days have plenty of definitions for the word "emo," but here to help you out is "Everybody Hurts: The Essential Guide to Emo Culture" by Leslie Simon and Trevor Kelley, a funny, tongue-in-cheek key to all things emo.

From vegan-friendly eateries around the country to "How to Emo-fy Your Blog Post," the witty book cites dozens of emo artists and even points out emo hotspots within an hour of Hagerstown, such as the Black Cat club and the record store Smash, both in Washington, D.C.

The book advises one who aspires to be truly emo on hairstyles, how to make your own clothes, and the etiquette of My-Space.

There are also emo movies, books and 'zines to try out - all presented with witty commentary the entire time. (On the topic of ancient Hindu veganism, the book bemoans the fact that "the Hindus were still several thousand years short of the tofu riblet. Bummer.")

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"Everybody Hurts" is a great read for teens who enjoy the emo culture or just want a funny rant about music.

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