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.