Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge Hardcover – 2 Nov 2004
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Like exotic butterflies, the different types of bohemian are described and classified. Like a mysterious tribe in a faraway land, their grooming habits, diet and love life are explained. At the same time, the book states that bohemians defy rules and cataloguing by definition.
The Manifesto is by no means a manual how to be bohemian (as the author makes clear, if you need a manual, you already got it wrong), but a joyful, tongue-in-cheek anthropological compendium, with beautiful and funny watercolour illustrations. The pictures alone are worth the money, but who knows, a reader might recognize themselves, their friends, or their dreams of how they would like to live...
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I was very wrong.
Upon flipping through the pages and gorgeous illustrations, not only did I realize that I knew what a Bohemian was (just never noticed it), but to some degree I am a Bohemian! Everyone is going around with some sort of name for themselves these days, a group they identify with, and I spent the last few years wondering who exactly I was. The answer was in this book. Bohemians are not lazy artists; they are vagabonds, wanderers, always on the lookout for odd jobs and artistic opportunities, and all while throwing extravagant parties for their friends and decorating everything in sight. They defy, resist, remodel, transform things. As stated by Stover, "Bohemians change the world."
If you are looking for an analysis of lazy whiners who call themselves artists, I suggest looking at a Hipster Manifesto, if there is one. I don't recommend this if you are a person who wears Ugg boots or sports jerseys, has an array of Apple products, or is stressing over being "cool" and "accepted"; go ahead and be a conformist, that's fine by me, no one is stopping you. But this book is very entertaining for both Bohemians-in-the-making and people who are outright curious in learning about their culture. This book is definitely worth the money!
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