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ISBN13: 9780821228906
ISBN10: 0821228900
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Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. Bohemian Manifesto explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals.

This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In a witty and engaging style, Laren Stover examines the contents of a Bohemians closet, bathroom, and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isnt wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your home--you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lamp shades — and how to identify what type of Bohemian you might be.

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"Stover (The Bombshell Manual of Style) wrote her playful anthropology of Bohemian culture from an insider's viewpoint. The daughter of Bohemians, at one time a fully practicing Bohemian, and a now a Bohemian 'with some bourgeois pretense,' she is clearly steeped in the lifestyle. In this book, she documents the most important attributes of the five variations of Bohemians (Nouveau, Gypsy, Beat, Zen and Dandy) and of Bohemian philosophy generally, beginning with a 'diagnosis' that serves mostly to emphasize how varied Bohemians are and how fiercely they resist any kind of classification. Stover is fully aware of the futile nature of her quest to pin down such elusive characters, and her writing is accordingly ironic, full of asides and amusing pseudo-scholarly footnotes. The book's four main parts describe Bohemians in all their counterculture splendor, with short sections on everything from typical Bohemian names ('they name their offspring with the same whimsical sensibility with which they name their pets'), clothes, typical relationships, choice of reading material and music, and eating habits (featuring 'The Twenty-Four-Hour Menu of the Starving Bohemian'). In fictionalized profiles of nine Bohemians from around the world, including Dantini the septuagenarian magician and Atlas the Dutch artist, Stover brings these unusual figures to life in a wonderfully familiar way. True Bohemians certainly won't need this book to decide whether they're Bohemian, but may enjoy these humorous takes on their subculture, and non-Bohemians will find it a delightful introduction to that unique existence." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A really fun read, akin to a triple espresso." Joel Gray

Review:

"Reading Laren Stover is not simply an engagement of the senses. It is a seduction of the senses — transporting you to the magical and siftly illuminating place whence she writes. The book in your hand is a rare ticket out of here, to where people live and breathe and play with fire." Nick Tosches

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"The bourgeois world is a real world in which everything is fake. The bohemian world is a fake world in which everything is real. Laren Stover catalogs those realities with accuracy, sympathy and intoxicating charm." Tom Robbins

Review:

"This book makes the connection between spiritual and creative elements. It inspired me to go deeper into my own Bohemianism." Lisa Marie

Synopsis:

From the author of "The Bombshell Manual of Style" comes a playful exploration of the spirit, creativity, and originality of the Bohemian lifestyle.

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Leslie Joseph, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
Bohemian Manifesto is a gorgeous book, literally and literarily. Laurel Stover is adept at creating atmosphere with her words, and the various advice and gems of social history just leap from the pages. Watch out- you'll be flinging scarves over the lampshades and craving French cigarettes before you know it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780821228906
Author:
Stover, Laren
Publisher:
Bulfinch Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Bohemianism
Subject:
Alternative lifestyles.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Bohemianism -- United States.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
03-133
Publication Date:
20041131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.30x5.32x.98 in. 1.40 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Stover (The Bombshell Manual of Style) wrote her playful anthropology of Bohemian culture from an insider's viewpoint. The daughter of Bohemians, at one time a fully practicing Bohemian, and a now a Bohemian 'with some bourgeois pretense,' she is clearly steeped in the lifestyle. In this book, she documents the most important attributes of the five variations of Bohemians (Nouveau, Gypsy, Beat, Zen and Dandy) and of Bohemian philosophy generally, beginning with a 'diagnosis' that serves mostly to emphasize how varied Bohemians are and how fiercely they resist any kind of classification. Stover is fully aware of the futile nature of her quest to pin down such elusive characters, and her writing is accordingly ironic, full of asides and amusing pseudo-scholarly footnotes. The book's four main parts describe Bohemians in all their counterculture splendor, with short sections on everything from typical Bohemian names ('they name their offspring with the same whimsical sensibility with which they name their pets'), clothes, typical relationships, choice of reading material and music, and eating habits (featuring 'The Twenty-Four-Hour Menu of the Starving Bohemian'). In fictionalized profiles of nine Bohemians from around the world, including Dantini the septuagenarian magician and Atlas the Dutch artist, Stover brings these unusual figures to life in a wonderfully familiar way. True Bohemians certainly won't need this book to decide whether they're Bohemian, but may enjoy these humorous takes on their subculture, and non-Bohemians will find it a delightful introduction to that unique existence." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A really fun read, akin to a triple espresso."
"Review" by , "Reading Laren Stover is not simply an engagement of the senses. It is a seduction of the senses — transporting you to the magical and siftly illuminating place whence she writes. The book in your hand is a rare ticket out of here, to where people live and breathe and play with fire."
"Review" by , "The bourgeois world is a real world in which everything is fake. The bohemian world is a fake world in which everything is real. Laren Stover catalogs those realities with accuracy, sympathy and intoxicating charm."
"Review" by , "This book makes the connection between spiritual and creative elements. It inspired me to go deeper into my own Bohemianism."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of "The Bombshell Manual of Style" comes a playful exploration of the spirit, creativity, and originality of the Bohemian lifestyle.
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