Bad Thoughts

January 20, 2012

Looking forward to this book by Mark Dery! Coming in May from U. Minnesota Press.

According to the publisher: “Here are essays on the pornographic fantasies of Star Trek fans, Facebook as Limbo of the Lost, George W. Bush’s fear of his inner queer, the theme-parking of the Holocaust, the homoerotic subtext of the Super Bowl, the hidden agendas of IQ tests, Santa’s secret kinship with Satan, the sadism of dentists, Hitler’s afterlife on YouTube, the sexual identity of 2001’s HAL, the suicide note considered as a literary genre, the surrealist poetry of robot spam, the zombie apocalypse, Lady Gaga, the Church of Euthanasia, toy guns in the dream lives of American boys, and the polymorphous perversity of Madonna’s big toe.”

Bruce Sterling wrote the introduction; Boing Boing’s advance praise calls it “…an intellectual journey through our darkest desires and strangest inclinations.”

Our own Luc Sante says: “Mark Dery is gifted with sanity, humor, learning, and a prose style as keen as a barber’s razor. He applies those qualities to a trustworthy and entertaining analysis of the lunatic fringe, which constitutes an ever-larger portion of the discourse in America today.”


Kudos, Paranoia, Theory