Gweek 101: Mark Dery, cultural critic

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In this episode, I talked to Mark Dery, a cultural critic and frequent contributor to Boing Boing. Mark's books include The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century. His latest book is the essay collection I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams. Recently, Boing Boing debuted its publishing imprint, Boing Boing books, with Dery’s longform essay for Kindle, All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters. He is at work on a biography of the author, illustrator, and legendary eccentric Edward Gorey (Little, Brown: 2014). Follow @markdery.

Here's how Mark Dery described the podcast to followers of his blog, Shovelware:

Zaniest. conversation. EVER. Mark Frauenfelder, the Dick Cavett of Nonlinear Talk and host of the Boing Boing podcast GWEEK, engaged me in the most deliriously free-associated, brain-ticklingly delightful interview I've ever conducted.

Keywords (for the time-starved): Bunuel's recipe for the Platonic ideal of the martini, Norman Rockwell's dark side, the horror of Disneyland caricaturists, Being Californian, and, of course, my Boing Boing e-single on Bowie, glam, gender, and masculinity. A hot-stone massage for the mind.


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