I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts by Mark Dery
Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

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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, Dery makes sense of the cultural dynamics of the American madhouse early in the twenty-first century.

 

About Mark Dery

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Mark Dery is a cultural critic and journalist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Cabinet, Bookforum, and Boing Boing, among other publications. His books include Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture; The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink; and the widely republished pamphlet Culture Jamming. He is writing a biography of Edward Gorey. Bruce Sterling is a science fiction author whose novels include Distraction, Zeitgeist, Holy Fire, and The Caryatids.
 
Published April 6, 2012 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 341 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this new collection of essays, Cultural critic Dery (The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium) pokes fun at American popular culture and shines light on subjects often considered taboo. Exploring music, mascul

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Thinking bad thoughts is a metaphor for questioning conventional wisdom.

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It is fitting that the last essay in transgressive (to use one of his favorite terms) culture critic Mark Dery's collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams (available April 1) is a 2009 rumination on intelligence he calls "Cortex Envy."

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Newcity Lit

Dery suggests she misreads “Huckleberry Finn” by lumping it with the tamer “Tom Sawyer,” totally missing the very real darkness of both because she says Twain’s later-life “gloominess” proves the hypocrisy of the novels’ supposed “Wordsworthian benevolence.” Dery is lovely in recognizing that Pa...

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Lambda Literary

And his essay “Jocko Homo” on homoeroticism in sports is undeniably derivative of Marjorie Garber’s 2001 essay “Two Point Conversion.” Although perhaps there is no reference to Garber’s work or any of her work on gender or sexuality or cultural studies at all because Dery, revealingly, is an avid...

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The Verge

“I do believe it's the political business of the cultural critic to poke the sharp end of his pen into the buried truths and dirty secrets, fringe subcultures and borderline personalities that often reveal more about the American scene and our cultural psyche than the mainstream does,” says Mark ...

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