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Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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"Very smart looking tome."—Wired.com
“Geek Wisdom proves that insight needn’t come from dusty old tomes and the lips of long-dead philosophers. Maybe C-3P0 isn’t Socrates and The Superfriends aren’t a French Salon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to teach us.”—Suvudu.com
“Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teaching of Nerd Culture is not only an invaluable guide into geekdom it's also indispensable if you have to go undercover and penetrate a secret geek society.”—Neatorama.com
“Any good story, religious or not, can be deconstructed to find an underlying message. That’s the unifying theme of Geek Wisdom, which treats pop culture as a form of secular religion, delivering insights on life from talking robots, flying dragons and everything in between.”—PopMatters
“Premise is nothing short of brilliant.”—Florida Times Union
About the Author
Stephen H. Segal is the Hugo Award winning senior contributing editor to Weird Tales, the world’s oldest fantasy/sci-fi/horror magazine, and an editor at Quirk Books. His geek portfolio includes work for Tor Books, Viz Media, and WQED Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon. A native of Atlantic City, he lives in Philadelphia.
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Of course, those more obscure references are probably some measure of how much of a geek a reader actually is. I was not too surprised that I recognized that vast majority of the quotes here. I was more surprised at how often I was pleased to find quotes I knew really well, even some obscure ones. You expect quotes from Orwell, Dune, LOTR, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, etc., but Meg Murry's quote from A Wrinkle in Time ("Like and equal are not the same thing at all.") has been rattling around in my brain ever since I read the book in grade school and I was especially pleased to find it here. It was also nice for someone who's been cheerleading for Doctor Who for 30+ years to find him quoted a few times, along with a brief analysis on why his popularity is finally surging.
Ultimately this is a fun little volume whether you read it straight through or dip into it from time to time. There's plenty of "geek wisdom" in the quotes themselves as well as the brief paragraphs that accompany them. And don't forget to check out the footnotes, which are often the best part of each entry. Perfect for the geek in all of us.
And probably best of all, the book has absolutely none of the prejudices that one might expect. It talks about what it means to be a geek girl with stunning accuracy, has a range of quotes from all different types of geekdom, and tells us that no matter who we are, geek or jock, we all face the same issues and problems and deal with them in similar ways.
As it is the messages might not strike a chord with everyone who reads it, but for the ones it does reach it reaches with clarity. It's something that people should read just to see what it is they take away from it.
It's a fun read, and you'll enjoy it, but I don't think "wisdom" really fits the book here. This is more of an opportunity to laugh and maybe see a new angle on some old favorite movie moments. I wasn't too crazy about it, but it killed some time and you might enjoy it.
Being of an older generation than the author I can excuse him that more geek goodness was not included from the days of BBS's and hacker/phreaker culture. However all your favorites are here from "I can haz cheeseburger" to Hobbits. I found myself smiling many times reading this book.
All the pages grouped by themes.
Book will be interesting for not geeks as source of geeks culture, thinking patterns and maybe some not obvious ideas.
At the same time it'll be interesting for geeks too, as there is always something, that you haven't heard about.
Book is well designed and printed.
And it will take it's place on my bookshelf, as soon as my friends read it.