Contributing to a Grand Literary Tradition

Publishers weekly declares that “nerds rule at the bookstore” with two upcoming releases: David Anderegg’s Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them, and Benjamin Nugent’s American Nerd: The Story of My People. (Links via Hipster Please, via Church.) Anderegg’s book, released in late December this year, focuses on how “nerd” is still associated with anti-intellectual harassment among kids, ignoring the positive connotations of the term in the adult world. Nugent’s, released in March 2008, is part memoir, part journalistic account of nerd subcultures and the function of pursuits like Dungeons & Dragons.

Between these and Mary Bucholtz’s upcoming book, I’ve got a lot of reading ahead of me. After I finish the dissertation next summer, I hope to find their good company on the bookstore’s increasingly full “Nerd” shelf.