The Rise of Nerdcore

by Nikki Tranter

21 September 2007


Superbad hits it big, America Ferrara wins and Emmy, and nerds are cool again. Or are they?

By the time I was asked to care whether one pasty white guy beat another pasty white guy in reaching Donkey Kong’s legendary “kill screen,” I was off the bus. Geeks may be Hollywood’s idea of a politically correct hero—who could object to the 95-pound weakling getting the girl?—but by summer’s end, the revenge of the nerds was beginning to feel like a permanent occupation.

That’s Ann Hornaday, reporting on the rRise of Nerdcore at the Washington Post. She’s not convinced. Lynn Andriani might be, though—she offers another take on the current fashionableness of the nerd at Publishers Weekly with reviews of two new books on nerd culture: Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them by David Anderegg and American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent. Hers is a celebration of nerddom—check out the list of literary nerd heroes at the article’s close.



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