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Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork

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ISBN13: 9780615256177
ISBN10: 0615256171
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The dorks are saving the nation, and this book proves it. Maria Bustillos takes the reader on a thrill ride featuring $3 million Patek Philippe watches, the late David Foster Wallace, Woody Allen, Star Wars, Akihabara Electric Town, and much more. These serio-comic essays bear a message, lightly veiled, of freedom for all. Experience the dork victory that is within everyone's reach with this sharp, fun and stylish book: Dorkismo: the Macho of the Dork.

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Oldcurmudgeon, August 19, 2009 (view all comments by Oldcurmudgeon)
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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780615256177
Publisher:
Accidental Books
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Author:
Bustillos, Maria
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
4.99x7.99x.50 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 220 pages Accidental Books - English 9780615256177 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The dorks are saving the nation, and this book proves it. Maria Bustillos takes the reader on a thrill ride featuring $3 million Patek Philippe watches, the late David Foster Wallace, Woody Allen, Star Wars, Akihabara Electric Town, and much more. These serio-comic essays bear a message, lightly veiled, of freedom for all. Experience the dork victory that is within everyone's reach with this sharp, fun and stylish book: Dorkismo: the Macho of the Dork.
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