Boing Boing contributor Mark Dery has just published "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams," a long-awaited compendium of his oft-brutal, usually funny, and always-brilliant writings on the curious, bizarre, and downright dark crevices of our culture. The collection includes such evergreens as Gray Matter: The Obscure Pleasures of Medical Libraries, The Prophet Margin: Jack Chick’s Comic-Book Apocalypse, Straight, Gay, or Binary? HAL Comes out of the Cybernetic Closet, and dozens of other classics. If you enjoyed Mark's BB features "(Face)Book of the Dead" or "Aphrodites of the Operating Theater: On La Specola’s Anatomical Venuses," look no further than this new book for your next monstrous dose of Dery. Once you've read it, give it a permanent home on your bookshelf next to Umberto Eco's "Travels in Hyperreality" and JG Ballard's "A User's Guide to the Millennium." "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts," with an intro by Bruce Sterling and glorious cover photo by Morbid Anatomy's Joanna Ebenstein, is one for the library. Here's what Mark Frauenfelder and I wrote as a blurb for the book jacket:
Mark Dery's cultural criticism is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Those things about ourselves that are best left unsaid? Dery dwells upon them. He's a witty and brilliant tour guide on an intellectual journey through our darkest desires and strangest inclinations. Along the way, he shows us how it all fits together, and ultimately leads us to all fall apart. You can't look away even if you want to, and when it's all over you can never unsee what Dery has shown you. His pen's reservoir is filled with aqua regia and the nib is made from barbed wire.
"I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams" by Mark Dery
Apple has joined Facebook, Spotify and YouTube in tossing Alex Jones and InfoWars material from their platforms. Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars’ six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples’ iTunes directory, are the show “War Room” as […]
A 3 percent climb in share price made Apple the world’s first trillion-dollar publicly-traded company. Apple’s ascent from the brink of bankruptcy to the world’s most valuable public company has been a business tour de force, marked by rapid innovation, a series of smash-hit products and the creation of a sophisticated, globe-spanning supply chain that […]
Twitter’s stock closed 20.5% on Friday after the company announced it lost 1 million active users. More user loss is predicted.
SEO can be a fickle creature, but it can work in your favor—you just need the right tools. When it comes to getting your site on that coveted first page of Google, SERPstash Premium simplifies the process with 21 user-friendly tools designed to break down your page’s performance and show you where you can improve. Lifetime […]
Running a Shopify store is a great way to net some extra cash on the side or—if you really know what you’re doing—replace your 9-to-5 altogether. However, success doesn’t come naturally, and newcomers tend to receive mixed results when starting on their own. This E-Commerce Bootcamp can help start your Shopify venture off on the right […]
You might be used to rolling your own smokes, but let’s face it: it’s not the cleanest or most eco-friendly way to enjoy your habit. Instead of fussing with papers, the Twisty Glass Blunt makes having a smoke as easy as packing your herb, twisting, and lighting up. You can get your own in the […]