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

I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts Drive by Essays on American Dread American Dreams 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 n

  • Title: I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams
  • Author: Mark Dery
  • ISBN: 9780816677733
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 ofFrom 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

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