How to Make a Nerd

The 1980s gave nerds a space in popular culture, usually as the butt of a joke or the enemy of jocks. But there was also a strain of nerd-fear, a sense that in the near future these nerds would take over and non-nerds would be punished. Their large nerd brains were up to God knows what: Matthew Broderick nearly set off a nuclear war and Val Kilmer subverted the beverage industry by making his own currency. Continue reading

Bummers of Summer

Having been back in Austin for a week now, I’m inevitably confronted by questions regarding my recent trip to Chile. “How was it?” “Did you have fun?” Personally, I shy away from asking these questions of other people. When they’ve had a life-altering journey it’s impossible to articulate such an experience. Continue reading