Freak Nation review Ó 103

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review Ú eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ Kate Stevens Ic to food sports to fashion there are people who take their hobbies to an extreme the rest of us can only imagine With this book you'll get a bird's eye view of these hobbies gone wild from sea to shining se. This review was originally posted on Elevate DifferenceAs the subheading states Freak Nation is truly a field guide to American subcultures Its format presents each group as if it were a species of bird in a bird watching guide For instance you can learn where they are typically found what their most distinctive trait is and how to recognize one in “the wild” Much of this humorous book plays upon stereotypes and pokes generous fun at these subcultures and what makes them so well fascinatingThe subcultures are divided into the following categories collectibles fashion art food and drink lifestyles music sports and games pastimes and careers politics sex society and technology It’s a bit difficult to determine what criteria the author used in selecting these categories and deciding whish group should be placed in each I would argue that a great many of them would fall under the general heading of lifestyle The entire “food and drink” section for example certainly ualifies as a lifestyle ie vegans macrobioticists etc “Pastimes and careers” is another general heading that could include all of the sports players and fans as well as the tattoo artists and slam poets ualms about categorizations aside a great many of Stevens’ vivid descriptions had me guffawing and thinking of friends and acuaintances that perfectly fit into the various stereotypesAlthough many of these groups were already familiar to me there were a few that were completely new or foreign to me For instance I had never heard of Bilderbergers or major political and business figures from the US and Europe that meet for an annual hush hush conference I was also unfamiliar with Bennies who are apparently people that spend their summers at New Jersey beaches The name BENNY is an acronym of the places from which these people hail Bayonne Elizabeth Newark and New York Even if you do already know all about these various subcultures and groups this book still makes for a fun tongue in cheek guide to some of the extreme and adventurous members of our society

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Freak Nation review Ó 103 Ä [KINDLE] ❆ Freak Nation By Kate Stevens – Vegans Skateboarders Trekkies The Cult of the Individual is alive and well and expressing itself all over America and this book proves it With this enlightening and sometimes frightening field guide y Vegans Skateboarders Trekkies The Cult of the Individu Vegans Skateboarders Trekkies The Cult of the Individual is alive and well and expressing itself all over America and this book proves it With this enlightening and sometimes frightening field guide you'll de. A positive mostly tongue in cheek look at various subcultures including vegans swingers deadheads and many others

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Freak NationLve into the customs s and motivations behind every type of fan geek and superfreak includingSwingersHackersDungeon MastersHappening ArtistsCryptozoologistsUtopiansBohemiansShrinersOenophilesDeadheadsFrom mus. When various subcultures and belief systems intermingle it's likely to cause controversy Opinions clash someone gets irritated others go home with broken noses But why Our understanding of the freaks of today's culture is relatively limited and it's likely to stem conflict when that lack of understanding begets ignorant opinion In my opinion that's exactly what Kate Stevens is combatting with this book I knew uite a deal about many of the groups listed and consider myself to be part of a few of them but her humorous takes on the intricacies of these various subcultures taught me uite a bit about their details Who knew the term Furry wasn't just a reference to Burt Reynolds or my 10th grade geometry teacher The thing is we're often accosted by differences in daily life and it's likely that we don't understand why other people do what they do In this book we're shown how why and just how often people do what they do From the fan to the geek to the superfreak she discusses the various levels of 'fandom' and how you can be friends with some of these people and not even realize it Differences aren't bad in fact they're not even inherently good In taking a neutral well almost stance on these neutral groups Ms Stevens is able to discuss and debate the facts without offending anyone who considers themselves a part of one or of the subcultures By poking fun at everyone she includes everyone which is a lovely concept don't you thinkI have to stress this isn't a novel or even a series of stories with an overarching theme The book is sold as a field guide which sounds to me like a book you'd take with you on early morning bird watching hikes those guys gals are also covered in the book Either way it puts you at an objective standpoint By looking at subcultures individually we can accurately look at our overall culture and understand that we're all inherently after some uniueness which makes us ironically similar No matter what I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to understand the local high school andor college students recognize these cultures in order to fit in when travelling abroad or even just avoid a bar brawl I do have to say I bought this book for 4 at a going out of business sale and I would have paid full price for it Cheeky easy to read and satisfying