NYTimes, Nerdcore, & love

Wed 18 Feb 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee recently posted their playlist on the NYT Paper Cuts blog. This is a guy who outnerds most of the readers of this blog, seriously—although his list may overlap with yours more so than it might with ours. It’s somewhat like reading what Junot Diaz’s playlist might have been before Oscar Wao came out would be like. Every time it looks like he’s hit nerdvana, he ratchets it up again.

There is also lite (sic) jazz and a book with a scientist falling in love with a ghost:

…the book I’m working on now, “The Magicians,” which you could glibly but not inaccurately describe as Harry Potter meets “The Corrections” for shots of synthohol in Ten Forward….

Palmcorder Yajna, the Mountain Goats…. the mental soundtrack that I wrote to. I used to picture a scene of torch-lit close-quarters sword-and-ax combat with this song in the background. Dwarves, orcs, elves, no heroics, no speeches, just sweat and dirt and blood in their beards. Like, as if Tarantino filmed the “The Lord of the Rings” instead of Peter Jackson. That’s what the past sounds like to me. You know — the past that never happened….

Unlike Dylan, as far as I know, T.D.O.T.H.T. mostly do pop-metal songs about the works of H. P. Lovecraft….


No Responses to “NYTimes, Nerdcore, & love”

  1. Meghan on February 18th, 2009 5:25 pm

    Did you know there is a nerdcore documentary? True story.

  2. lcrw on February 18th, 2009 5:28 pm

    Wow. Not sure I could handle it!

    And the name of it is…?

  3. Meghan on February 18th, 2009 5:41 pm

    Jesus, there actually seems to be several. The one I’m aware of (but was unable to see b/c the screenings sold out at SXSW) is Nerdcore Rising (http://www.nerdcorerisingthemovie.com/)

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