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Being a Bona Fide Nonconformist Means Calling Oneself an Artist

By: Akihiko Tse - Published: • References: brainpickings.org and designtaxi
Looking back at what it meant to be a "bona fide nonconformist" in 1968 to today, the only different may be that we just wear different clothes.

Elissa Jane Karg first wrote her book, "How To Be A Nonconformist" in 1968 when she was a 16-year-old girl living in Norwalk, Connecticut. The work initially appeared in the school newspaper but was later published by Scholastic for her witty yet satirical observations of nonconformists -- who were everywhere all trying to be different to each other at the same time.

A nonconformist, for example, wears "Caesar-type sandals" even during the winter when shoes are usually required. Or bona fide nonconformists should "Avoid socks. They are the fatal give-away of a phone nonconformist." What a nonconformist is exactly, however, is not so simple as wearing a "sarcastic and sardonic smile" or trying to achieve the ultimate goal of being "socially unacceptable," since many of these traits have become too commonplace to be characterized as deviant behavior. But for one, "nonconformists protest...everything."