The Bohemian Bookshelf (Part 1)

Related imageBohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind and an atmosphere. It is not a trend, it‚Äôs a timeless movement. Bohemian Manifesto is the first book to distill all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In witty and engaging style, Laren Stover lets the reader into the contents of a Bohemian closet, bathroom and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn‚Äôt wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your house ‚Äď you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lampshade ‚Äď and how to identify what type of Bohemian you may be.

Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge by Laren Stover
Buy UK      
Buy USA        

Image result for ways of seeing

Based on the BBC television series, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.

‚ÄúSeeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúBut there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.‚ÄĚ

John Berger‚Äôs Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: ‚ÄėThis is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures.‚Äô

Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Buy UK
Buy USA

Image result for a moveable feastPublished posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife, Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Buy UK
Buy USA    

any-warhol

The autobiography of an American icon, Andy Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

‚ÄėI never think that people die. They just go to department stores‚Äô

Andy Warhol ‚Äď American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement ‚Äď was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secrets and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the world. But it is his reflections on himself, his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the explosion of his career in the Sixties and his life among celebrities ‚Äď from working with Elizabeth Taylor to partying with the Rolling Stones ‚Äď that give a true insight into the mind of one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century culture.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
Buy UK
Buy USA

The Quintessential Bohemian: Laren Stover

 

Laren Stover is the author of The Bohemian Manifesto: a Field Guide to Living on the Edge.  It is a literary treasure with the most beautiful illustrations by Izak Zenou.

Laren has the beauty, elegance, style and curiosity that perfectly captures a true Bohemian.

This Manifesto is so exquisite to own I cannot tell you how many times it has uplifted me in moments of melancholy and I always get swept away by the romanticism of Bohemianism every time I gaze at the pages. 

 

Laren Stover

She is the Editor-at-Large of Faerie Magazine  Stover has also published a darkly comedic novel called Pluto, Animal Lover: A Novel

Begin 2017 with a Bohemian Bang akin to the sound of champagne Muselets catapulting on the walls of a Nouveau Bohemian’s Upper East Side apartment in the Winter… Well you’re not going to stay in the freezing abode of your Beat or Zen Bohemian friend’s place… Nouveau’s are your friends in Winter they can afford heating and food! Zens and Beats are for the Summer when you’re On The Road… Dandy’s are your all seasons friends because they’re always so charming and chic! But wait what kind of Bohemian are you? There is a delightful Quiz at the end of this Quirky Field Guide¬†to tell you which one you are…

If you’re someone who relishes in curious details from counterculture style, to bohemian must-reads (yes there’s a reading list) then this book is for you. The most charming pages of all are the Case Studies which tell you where these¬†curious creatures live, work and their background.¬†So charming, so dreamy!¬†This book will make you delve into¬†Bohemian Consciousness and maybe make you feel less alone about the freedom and rebellion we crave.

Oona the Actress: Case Study

“Oona is tall Swedish and, unbeknownst to her Bohemian friends, a princess. All her actor friends live in squalid Lower East Side, Brooklyn or Harlem apartments. Flickering lights in hallways, mattresses on the floor, candles in wine bottles, crooked stairs. She was jealous!”

If glamour, creature comforts and beauty still can’t quite escape you then have a peak at¬†The Bombshell Manual of Style. The allure of dazzling beauties became another one of her anthropological quests as she felt they were an “exotic species” as discussed on The Early Show¬†in her interview for the book. The interview was conducted by¬†Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook.)¬†¬†Another video teaser of the book to watch.

Laren On Bombshells: 

“A bombshell believes in her fantasies, she may be wearing a rhinestone bracelet but in her mind it’s Cartier… She doesn’t need to be perfect she still believes she’s a Goddess.”


Purchase The Bohemian Manifesto here.
The Blurb:

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. THE 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 isn’t 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.

For the Bombshell in your life or those seeking a New Year Makeover get this book!
The Blurb:

In this glittering beauty and lifestyle guide packed with pearls of wisdom, Laren Stover has compiled everything a woman needs to know to live the Bombshell life: from how to dress and make an entrance to what to eat and where to shop. It tells readers what makes a Bombshell tick; road-tested outfits for 25 occasions; must-have Bombshell sleepwear, handbags, and fragrances; what’s in the Bombshell library; and what she looks for in a man. With scads of little-known facts about real-life bombshells like Liz, Mae, and Lana this fun and ever-so-practical little book is certain to bring out the inner Bombshell in every woman.


Connect with Writer, Editor & Melancholy Connoiseur Laren Stover

LarenStover.com
Instagram: @Faerie_Style
Twitter: @Reine_Des_Fees

Read her article for The Paris Review: Pimped for a part

Laren for The New York Times:

Poet Spotlight: Omar Majeed

dsc_1369a

Meet Omar

Omar Majeed is a local Hereford Poet.  Born in Crewe, Cheshire he grew up in Hereford having attended the Cathedral School and studied photography at Hereford Art College. Later on he went to Kingston upon  Thames, initially to study journalism, but his creative instincts lead him into a degree in Graphic Design.  Now back in Hereford he works as a copywriter and is studying fine art. He does the occasional poetry reading, makes short films for fun with friends and is reworking his passion project: SCree Magazine.

dsc_1368a

Omar’s Writing

We r all one we always win is a collection of over a decade’s worth of his poetry. Majeed can occasionally be found reading poems from this collection at events such as Booth Fest and most recently Courtyard Hereford’s Poetry Slam.

You can purchase a copy of his latest poetry book on his Etsy Shop: GravityEnterprises.

Here’s a taste of his way with words…

All That Is Within Our Grasp

We hold on tight to the hands
of those we love
as they hold on tight to us,

as if we may float away
should they or we
loosen our grip,

and still
through knuckles white
we let them slip.

“… In your hands a pine cone spirals, draped in cobwebs. A tiny spider crawls across your knuckles. Books lie beside us, unread as we chat in chapters about this and that.”

dsc_1366a

Omar’s Poetry book: we r all one we always win is available on Etsy

Notably at Apple Store Gallery in Hereford¬†there are some copies available to buy. Apple Store Gallery is also where Majeed has done some¬†readings at their poetry nights and¬†he participated in a group art show last year for them. Omar has long been interested in poetry since his school days and won the Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2002. He’s¬†had stuff published in Kingston‚Äôs Ripple mag and Short cuts competition pamphlet where his poem Duet was chosen as the winner.

One of Omar’s short stories about Aldous Huxley‚Äôs deathbed LSD experience was published in Askance‚Äôs Positional Vertigo collection available on paper copy and Kindle.

dsc_1364adsc_1365a

On Drawing

“Up until a couple of years ago I hadn‚Äôt done much drawing.¬† I mostly worked with text and photography.¬† My friends used to gather together in Lucy Baxendale‚Äôs living room and draw, an informal gathering that turned into a Drawing Club which meets every third Thursday at De Koffie Pot in the evening.¬† I was hanging out with everyone drawing.¬† They would give me a page out of their notebook and a pen and I would scribble stuff.¬† Gradually I wanted a ‚Äėthing‚Äô and started just drawing people from my imagination that I called my imaginary friends. This developed into the wooden painted sculptures that I showed at the end of my portfolio course. I like drawing people from the recesses of my head and then naming them. I‚Äôm thinking of giving them stories.”

dsc_1367a

Copies of Gravity zine

dsc_1370a

His Magazine

“For about six years I was producing Gravity zine, which largely comprised of art submissions to a theme, and a bit of writing, mainly from Hereford creative and a few sympathizers.¬† The template involved putting out a call for work and then laying everything out and photocopying.¬† We had colour covers from Issue four letter-pressed by Fishbone press, and started hand sewing the binding. My friends would all get together regularly to help me put everything together. It was a collective endeavor to celebrate all the amazing work that was around and not a commercial venture.¬† I rarely made my print costs back. I gave everyone who contributed a copy and that was enough for a while.¬† SCree is an idea developed with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Johnny Burrage to make a more developed magazine, featuring articles about important contemporary topics and covering cultural events for which we can have an editorial team commissioning up to the minute articles and illustrations, and the layout is a bit more structured and professional. We want to be able to pay people for their work because artists have to work for free too often.¬† We are currently exploring funding models.¬† Keep an eye on the SCree Facebook page and Screezine.com¬†for news.”

dsc_1373adsc_1371a

Among Majeed’s other creative projects he makes short films such as this one titled Lorem Ipsum¬†made alongside with¬†Johnny Burrage last year starring local musician Elspeth Anne Macrae. They’re working on a new one, titled Un Chien Errant (a lost dog.) He also writes semi-regularly for Minky Cuadra at Hereford City Centric blog.

Omar wrote a novella which he describes as a “transgressive noirish experimental thriller” called Dark under a pen name. The paper copies have sold out but it is available as a Kobo ebook here.

Check out the synopsis:

Ex-professional footballer Thomas Peterson receives a phone call alerting him to a disappearance that throws his already spiraling life into intrigue and disorder.  A transgressive, post-modernist thriller. Adults only.

screenshot342a

More of Omar’s Poems found on SmallSongsOfHope.blogspot.co.uk
His other website: Is This An Art


Connect with Omar omar-gif

Twitter: @MyDadsJacket
Instagram: @MyDadsJacket

Lord of Bohemia: Melvyn Bragg

This month’s selection is a very dear figure who¬†really touches my heart. Lord Bragg is a beloved British¬†UK broadcaster, ¬†Novelist and reigning¬†Arts doyen.

He’s had a staggering career and many struggles which is why I’m so fond of him, if anybody takes a moment to uncover his past you can’t helped but be moved by him. From¬†humble roots he began as a trainee for the BBC and went on has very candidly discussed his struggles with depression and was a former President of Mental Health Charity MIND.

If you ever get a chance I would highly recommend you watch¬†the talk between Lord Bragg and Joanna Lumley. I bought this series on DVD as individual full episodes cannot be found online. Get yours here. I watched this a couple years ago when things were pretty horrific for me and it always gave me hope that someone who was struggling the way I was not only found relief in the arts but made a career out of it. Rarely would I say someone as a person is admirable but Lord Bragg truly is. When I decided to write about Melvyn on my site I started to cry like Kim Kardashian ugly tears crying¬†that’s how big of an impact he has on me….

Bragg’s article on The Telegraph: British Culture may be our great new industry

“Snobbery still exists, but it is comical or pathetic and no longer has a cutting edge.”

“How would you really describe yourself? I suggest it might be through the type of music you like, the sport you follow, the radio station you listen to, the authors you read, the ballet or the opera or theatre you go to, the soaps or the galleries ‚Äď or a mix of all. The old snakeskin of class falls away when we look at what we really do, or are given half the chance to be as we really want to be.”


          059.1ST.29.jpg

The Bohemian-Punk: Michelle Cuadra

johnrose1

The month’s selection is our Edgiest Bohemian, she’s more Punk-yet girly/quirky and oh so rebellious! ¬†Michelle¬†has championed the Punk Arena in Hereford with Rich Lovell by way of their Live Music Nights aptly named¬†“The Underground Revolution.”

Co-founder Rich has a manifesto for the music nights they organize: ‚Äúno cliques, no mainstream, just cool music played with passion.‚ÄĚ

Their next events are listed below. I seriously love the posters they come up with events, some of which are designed by local artists.

               

Be sure to visit the Facebook page to get updates on events and photos of the live acts and as always click like on Facebook.

Cuadra & Lovell have also paired up online to write about all things Indie in Herefordshire on the site HerefordCityCentric.com

From retail¬†to music, to exhibitions, food and beyond their website gives you the edgiest features of this county. And it packs a Punk punch¬†as there are a¬†range of contributing writers who post reviews from Poets, Singer-Songwriters and Artists. Quirkiness guaranteed! Convention is out. Rock ‘n’ Roll is in. It’s not just about music. All things quirky and eccentric are warmly embraced!¬†

Some Top Posts from their site

‚ô° BookArt16 – A piece on how Books are used as a medium to make Art exhibited in unison with Ledbury Poetry festival.

♡ The Shack Revolution 

♡ Modern Belle Epoch Guide 

The site has introduced me to so many awesome music acts and artsy folk. ¬†Like¬†John Rose and band Pablo Alto¬†;¬†Claire Perkins and band A Hundred Suns.¬†And so many more people! Visit HerefordCityCentric.com to unearth Hereford’s Punk Community.

I have such a soft spot for the team at Hereford City-Centric as they were so supportive of my foray into hosting and performing Poetry Nights. Here’s the review.

Screenshot(251) a

Michelle also writes about beauty for women. Whether you’re looking to transform into Vixen Babe or Girl-Next Door on ItGirlUk.wordpress.com¬†you’ll get the best tips. Plus it’s co-written with Hair & Make-Up Artist Carlos Palma.

Facebook: /ItGirlUK
Twitter: @ItGirlUk

Screenshot(252) a

 


Read Michelle & Rich’s feature¬†in Herefordshire Live (a digital Lifestyle, Culture, Events and Sports site.)



Hereford City Centric

Facebook
Twitter
www.HerefordCityCentric.com

The Underground Revolution

Twitter
Facebook Group

Design spotlight from Hereford Indie Food festival: Half Key Clothing and Sin Eater

DSC_1340 a

Screenshot(275)aa

DSC_1343 a

Screenshot(277)aa

Instagram: @HalfKeyClothing

DSC_1341 a

 

DSC_1338aDSC_1339 a

Instagram: @sineateruk
Tumblr: sin-eater.tumblr.com

 

 

Design Spotlight from Hereford Indie Food Festival: Bardot Living by Hattie Stock

BARDOT Living:

Adventure   |   Culture   |  Artisanal   |   Beauty   |   Tranquility

“I’ve always adored going on adventures to faraway places in search of one off treasures to fill my home. It brings me so much happiness to own a house full of unique pieces which all have their own story to tell, each made in parts of the world with wonderfully rich culture and skilled craftsmanship.”
Founder, Hattie Stock

DSC_1330 a

Hattie Stock

Meet Hattie: Founder & Creative Director of¬†Bardot Living, she’s a beautiful blonde fellow bohemian with a passion for Modern Boho Interiors.

Every item is handmade by skilled artisans using traditional methods unique to the area they come from. 
No two pieces are the same due to the artisanal way they are made, giving each item its own unique beauty which cannot be replicated.
Tranquility is created throughout the brand and products by using a neutral and earthy colour palette which brings calm to your home. 

DSC_1326 a

From tableware to cushions and throws Bardot Living gives your home a Bohemian edge either with one off pieces or why not indulge and buy a whole collection of tableware for your next dinner party.

DSC_1327 a
Sourced ethically:
“We source our stock from cooperatives set up to look after the artisans who make these beautiful items. Most live in extremely rural, mountainous areas, making it hard for them to sell their products and make a living. These cooperatives provide a market place and a consistent salary for the artisans. “

Look out for her blog too found here:

Screenshot(264) a

Have a wander tomorrow Sunday 28th August at Hereford Indie Food Festival to meet Hattie, check out her pop-up stall and grab a bite to eat!
Location: Berrington/Aubrey Street, Hereford

 

Darlings if you don’t make it to the festival shop online there’s a sale on plus gift cards are available too!

Screenshot(265) a

 


Instagram: @BardotLiving
Pinterest: /BardotLiving
Facebook: /BardotLiving
Twitter: @BardotLiving