Last Exit to Boho

Powers to the People: Weird Like Us observes the blurring of counterculture and mainstream.
photo: Andrew Goldberg
Powers to the People: Weird Like Us observes the blurring of counterculture and mainstream.

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Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America
By Ann Powers
Simon & Schuster, 287 pp., $23
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In the end, Powers gives short shrift to the most important question facing the denizens of bohemia: how to make the transition from rebellious youth to engaged adulthood. To her credit, she understands this: "At a certain point," she notes, "you're not playing around with the future anymore; you're in the thick of things, and what you choose will probably last." The key is to think for yourself, which means your "everyday choices must be constantly reassessed and renewed." Such a notion seems especially relevant in a culture that has adopted the trappings, if not the substance, of bohemia, but it remains only partially developed in Weird Like Us.

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