Book Review: ‘Rules for Mavericks: A Manifesto for Creative Dissidents’

Summer Turner

In his book ‘Rules for Mavericks: A Manifesto for Creative Dissidents’, Beadle argues from the position of a system-breaker and does so with a rage which can only suggest he feels like a genuine outsider. Reading the first 50 pages of the book is tough, not only because of the bizarre layout which includes several pages of enlarged font and others with two or three words dropped in various corners, presumably in a nod to subversiveness, but also because of the toxic level of anger which permeates each page. Metaphors of slavery and oppression are spat out at the reader, cleverly placing those who agree with him as the freedom fighters, artists and truth seekers whilst critics are at best ‘intellectually paltry […] guardians of average’ and at worst ‘slavers’. Yet in his battle against the ‘elite’ Beadle seems to have neglected to notice that as a progressive celebrity teacher…

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