Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bohemian Manifesto
by Laren Stover

Searching about bohemianism a month ago, I came across the website of a book by Laren Stover published in 2004. I browsed through the website and find Bohemian Manifestso quite interesting so I went to Power Books and National Bookstore to see if they have it. They don't. Well it was, after all, first published 7 years ago.

But yesterday I was at Fully Booked at Global City, Taguig, and lo and behold, there it was. Two copies on a shelf at the fashion section. I read a few chapters and I like the one that talks about the different types bohemians. Stover classified bohemians into 5. "There are many crossovers and hybrids," said the author, "The bohemian by nature is not easily classified like species of birds".

So there's the Nouveau Bohemian (the ones with money), the Gypsy Bohemian (the expatriate type), the Beat Bohemian (the most deviant of bohemians), the Zen Bohemian (very much into spirituality), and the Dandy Bohemian (the polished ones even in tattered clothing). I think I'm 50% Dandy, 30% Zen and 20% Beat. Hehe.

I also love the illustrations by Izak Zenou. I wish the hard-bound book was filled with those cool watercolor illustrations, as I am more into visual art. If it did, I might have bought a copy. It's around Php 850. It looks like my own bohemianism has prevented me to buy a book about bohemianism. "Not now", says the voice of frugality. Hmm time to look for an ebook. ^_^


  1. i think your 90% dandy and 10% zen.

    or am i just too used to you that i hardly notice the beat anymore?


  2. Beat it, Shazam! Hehe
    I think the beat in me only shows up when I'm emotionally unstable. Haha

  3. Haha I love your combination: 50% Dandy, 30% Zen and 20% Beat. This book is an absolute treasure it's my favourite ever! This is the first time I've ever visited your site and it looks awesome by the way- great design. I love the style of the buttons at the top.
    Kind regards,
    Catherine (in England)