The Universal Truths of Geek Culture
By Stephen Segal
Quirk Books 14.95 224 pages
Thoughtfully organized into sections of “wisdom,” from self to relationships to the future, Geek Wisdom brings together the most quotable moments of cult film, literature, and the geekier parts of pop culture in the last century to provide insight into their meaning, which is actually less about the fans who love and know the references by heart than the title might suggest. By exploring the deeper truths behind seemingly ubiquitous quotes pulled from novels like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as playing to the inner-geek in all of us by lending new perspective to films like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the book’s collection of one-page essays reads like the ultimate non-fiction companion to all things science fiction.
Geeks and non-geeks alike will appreciate the way each quote is applied to the broader human experience, revealing how and why such bastions of fandom like Star Wars and Doctor Who have persisted in maintaining massive followings for so many decades. By making geek culture both accessible and relatable, Geek Wisdom may just change the way one non-geek looks at the next geek she sees wearing a t-shirt that reads “I’m not anti-social, I’m just not user-friendly.”
Reviewed By Alexandra Walford