“American Nerd”May 13, 2009 at 8:40 am | Posted in Nonfiction | 3 Comments
Which is nerdier – writing a book like American Nerd, or reading it in one sitting?
Benjamin Nugent achieves the sublime: this nerdy book about nerds sounds like a Saturday Night Live joke, yet it’s also compulsively readable. It’s a study of what makes a nerd, as opposed to any other social category. Admittedly, I have been wondering about this question since I was no older than nine, so I was quite intrigued with Nugent’s analysis.
It’s not a memoir or a celebration of nerdiness, not to say that I wouldn’t read one of those. It’s a sociology thing. I would rank it right up there with Freakonomics and Blink for its engaging take and fresh insights. Plus it’s short.