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Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork
Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork

Oldcurmudgeon, August 19, 2009

This book is not just for dorks. You can like it without having any close involvement with Star Wars, for or against. Much of it is written in a deceptively casual style. Although it sounds occasionally (ok, more than occasionally) like Valley-Girl, there's nothing superficial about the content; it's full of interesting observations about a wide variety of subjects, mostly pop-cultural. The Star Wars section, for instance, isn't really about Star Wars at all. It's about the symbolic battle in the real world between George Lucas, avant-gardist turned moralist, and the Young Turks of 1970s Hollywood, like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Robert Altman, William Freidkin, Hal Ashby, Paul Schrader and Roman Polanski. ("[George Lucas] was basically pelted with gold bricks" [for embracing John Gardner's imperative on Moral Fiction]). It's a gripping story about a fascinating subject. You may or may not agree with the author's conclusions, but the debates are certainly interesting; and, because of the style, they are also funny, unpretentious and accessible. The whole book is rather like that - storming the ivory tower and defenestrating the Susan Sontags and Norman Mailers who thought they lived there. The common thread running through all the various essays (which range from comments on David Foster Wallace's view on irony to the snarkery of gawker, the joys of the Air Guitar, Diana Vreeland's Vogue, Lester Bangs on rock and roll, and Gilbert & Sullivan's very modern views on opulent consumption) is a simple plea (quoting the title of the first chapter here): To Thine Own Self Be Cool. This is a book that ought to be much talked about. Bravo!
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