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Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idahoby Jon Katz
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Jesse and Eric were geeks: suspicious of authority figures, proud of their status as outsiders, fervent in their belief in the positive power of technology. High school had been an unbearable experience and their small-town Idaho families had been torn apart by hard times. On the fringe of society, they had almost no social lives and little to look forward to. They spent every spare cent on their computers and every spare moment on-line. Nobody ever spoke of them, much less for them.
But then they met Jon Katz, a roving journalist who suggested that, in the age of geek impresario Bill Gates, Jesse and Eric had marketable skills that could get them out of Idaho and pave the way to a better life. So they bravely set out to conquer Chicago-geek style. Told with Katz's trademark charm and sparkle, Geeks is a humorous, moving tale of triumph over adversity and self-acceptance that delivers two irresistible heroes for the digital age and reveals the very human face of technology.
“In Geeks, Katz displays a deft reporters touch and shows us the geek truth, rather than simply telling us about it... Too often, writing about the on-line world lacks emotional punch, but Katz's obvious love for his ‘lost boys gives his narrative a rich taste.” New York Times Book Review
“Geeks is a story of triumph, friendship, love, and above all, about being human and reaching for dreams in a hard-wired world.” Seattle Times
“A touching page-turner about social outcasts using technology to wriggle free of dead-end lives.” U.S. News & World Report
“An uplifting and hugely compassionate book.” Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Jon Katz is the author of Running to the Mountain and Virtuous Reality, as well as six novels. He has written for Wired, New York, GQ, Hotwired, and the New York Times and was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for articles in Rolling Stone. He writes for Slashdot.org and the Freedom Forum's website "Free!" on the Web. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Paula Span.
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