"It's hard to shock most Americans," Powers notes in a chapter on the shifts in sexual politics and culture. "But it's hard to engage them, too." Weird Like Us shows how this applies to many other aspects of social life besides sex: experimentation and variance have become increasingly normal in everything from drug use to pop-music styles, but with little or no conscious reflection on their consequences. Without that self-awareness, "alternative culture" risks becoming nothing more than an empty pose. "For too long we have united only within a culture of rebellion. What we need to refuse is the negativity that comes from always defining ourselves against a society we can't help but live within." For Powers, acknowledging and accepting one's position within mainstream culture isn't an act of "selling out," but an opportunity to act, in an individual capacity, as an agent for social change, an example of a good life worth living. Weird Like Us demonstrates that you don't have to be a cultural conservative to believe in "values," and Powers's emphasis on integrity, respect, and self-consciousness adds a new and inspiring voice to progressive cultural criticism. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book in a few words: Everything changes except the avant-garde. Well-written but very navel-gazey and self-absorbed. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Threemoons
I didn't grow up in the sixties or seventies that is predominantly talked about in this book. I have, however, heard much about it since it is such an impact on our society today. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by Alan Y. Chen
The people who dismiss this as a personal memoir about the author's life seem not to have really read the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002
Former New York Times writer Ann Powers' memoirs are a clutsy, misinformed attempt at defining a generation best known for its piercings. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2001 by "monahar"
Before you find yourself swayed by the words of the past reviewers who seemed to have recieved a narcissistic orgasm out of slamming the hell out of this book, I suggest you go to... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2001 by william a. willey
I purchased this book after reading a glowing review of it in "Mother Jones", as well as being a fan of Ms. Powers music reviews in the New York Times. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2000 by brjoro
I remember when this book came out and Ms. Power's employer, the New York Times, gave it two (not one but two) glowing reviews and their rating "And Bear in Mind"... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2000
Bohemia was many things but it was not boring-until now.Ms Powers displays the characteristic arrogant naivete of GenX who have discovered profundities which escaped the previous... Read morePublished on June 24 2000 by Fu Xi