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The Resource I must not think bad thoughts : drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams, Mark Dery ; foreword by Bruce Sterling

I must not think bad thoughts : drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams, Mark Dery ; foreword by Bruce Sterling

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I must not think bad thoughts : drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams
Title
I must not think bad thoughts
Title remainder
drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams
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Mark Dery ; foreword by Bruce Sterling
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Language
eng
Summary
From the cultural critic Wired called "provocative and cuttingly humorous" comes a viciously funny, joltingly insightful collection of drive-by critiques of contemporary America where chaos is the new normal. Exploring the darkest corners of the national psyche and the nethermost regions of the self--the gothic, the grotesque, and the carnivalesque--Mark Dery makes sense of the cultural dynamics of the American madhouse early in the twenty-first century. 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. Dery casts a critical eye on the accepted order of things, boldly crossing into the intellectual no-fly zones demarcated by cultural warriors on both sides of America's ideological divide: controversy-phobic corporate media, blinkered academic elites, and middlebrow tastemakers. Intellectually omnivorous and promiscuously interdisciplinary, Dery's writing is a generalist's guilty pleasure in an age of nanospecialization and niche marketing. From Menckeneaque polemics on American society and deft deconstructions of pop culture to unflinching personal essays in which Dery turns his scalpel-sharp wit on himself, I must not think bad thoughts is a head-spinning intellectual ride through American dreams and American nightmares
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E7B
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Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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I must not think bad thoughts : drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams, Mark Dery ; foreword by Bruce Sterling
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I must not think bad thoughts : drive-by essays on American dread, American dreams, Mark Dery ; foreword by Bruce Sterling
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
American magic, American dread -- Myths of the near future : making sense of the digital age -- Tripe soup for the soul : religion and all its works and ways -- Anatomy lesson : the grotesque, the gothic, and other dark matters
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1 online resource (xvii, 317 pages)
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online
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9780816677740
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rdamedia
Media type code
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illustrations
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