- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Accidental Books (August 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615256171
- ISBN-13: 978-0615256177
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,193,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dorkismo: the Macho of the Dork Paperback – August 10, 2009
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In her book, Dorkismo: The Macho of the Dork, cultural critic Maria Bustillos compares the important people in a variety of fields and has come up with the following conclusion: They were all dorks. By dork, Bustillos means people who have the capacity to be themselves no matter what anyone thinks and do so with pride and self-confidence. If a corporate lawyer adores the cutesy Hello Kitty and is OK with that, he's a dork and maybe even wears Hello Kitty cuff-links. Dorkismo is Stephen Colbert taking out his 12-sided die on The Colbert Report, and David Foster Wallace admitting he bawled like a baby over The Bridges of Madison County. It's also fans writing about their love of Natalie Portman and people on message boards rhapsodizing about Pepperidge Farm Goldfish jingles.
Bustillos marries high-brow and low-brow in this cross-disciplinary text, and her delightfully breezy and intelligent writing will make readers want to shed their armor of irony and embrace their dorkiness. --hipsterbookclub.com, August 9, 2009
"I must mention that [this] book, Dorkismo: the Macho of the Dork, is pure gold. Don't just grab it for the [David Foster Wallace] chapter (good as it is) but for the celebration of everything that is dork." --Nick Maniatis --The Howling Fantods, September 7, 2009
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Sadly, I found the chapters inconsistent and poorly organized. Some were useful and interesting, most were skippable. I did add a few books to my wish list reading it, but that's about it. Probably won't be returning to this one. If you are interested in low-culture, read some Chuck Klosterman & David Foster Wallace. Skip this book unless you have already read of all of theirs and just need your dork fix.
This is the best fifteen bucks I've ever spent. And that includes a litre of Aguardente in the Algarve. I predict Bustillos is back at us in short order with another barrage of pointy-headed thoughts.
Oh, how I know the feeling of being "desperate to become an intellectual!" Once on Authonomy, I commented on a thread knowing that my play on words was a little cheesy. One individual took such exception to what I said that he/she called me "pompous." I resisted the urge to fire back a response, but if I had, I would have said, "I only ASPIRE to pomposity!"
Now that I've read "To thine own self be cool," of course, I aspire to true Dorkismoness (-osity? -tivity?)
First let me say that you hooked me well and truly with the title of the first chapter. Second, let me congratulate you on your grammar and punctuation. I'm especially happy to see the period or comma inside the quotation marks.
I never considered the benefits of being a dork and am so glad you've laid them out in such a humorous and logical essay. I particularly loved these little gems, "embarrassment is scarcely distinguishable from disembowelment," and "blast your way through the sky in a 200-ton metal cylinder with wings," and "he roared, `ENGAGE!'" (My mom, in the theater watching Independence Day for the first time and during a tense moment when the entire audience was silently enthralled, suddenly shouted out, "Go Luke Skywalker!" or so I'm told. I thanked every star in the night sky that I wasn't there to witness it.)
I'd love to comment more but my stinkin' Dell is overheating again and I have to put it back in the refrigerator. I will surely be back to read more of this brilliant book of yours.
PS: my favorite movie is Independence Day.
Not liking anything is about the worst thing that can happen to anyone.
So in charges Dorkismo on a white horse! YES, it is okay to like things, from iceberg lettuce to Ulysses, and in any combination. The importance lies in -- and the focus should be on -- what we GENUINELY value, not what we think other people are going to think about what we think (and so on ad infinity of reflections and counter-reflections). By saying what really matters to YOU (be it ever so klutzy, weird, or rarefied), and taking a live-and-let-live approach to people who get all tingly over their own fascinations, you get to be HAPPY...and you help make it easier for other people to be happy too. Sure, saying "no" to things has an important place in the landscape -- but "yes" is in serious danger of being extirpated, one snotty little slice at a time, and that's something we can't live with, and can't afford.
The breadth of topics covered in this short, fast-reading book suggests that the author is quite happy to say yes to a lot herself. You probably won't be immediately familiar with every topic she brings up, but that's part of the fun; and every mini-essay has plenty of detail to bring you into the loop quickly. It's both smart and accessible. And very, very funny. The writing is sharper than the point on my head. Make of that what you will -- and enjoy!
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