Also, my daughter is hilarious. She made me laugh all day today.
Geek Love at 25 by Caitlin Roper
This is a solid piece of journalism that discusses Katherine Dunn's seminal novel, Geek Love, on its 25th anniversary. Roper and Dunn know each other so she has some nice insights int the history of the book. I read Geek Love in 1995, six years after it came out. I think it's one of those works that people remember where they were when they experienced it. For example, I remember first hearing Nirvana in college at a friend's apartment. I remember sitting in US History class when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. I was getting ready to go to school on 9/11. It was the summer of 1995 and I was home alone without my roommates for two days and I read Geek Love. I read half at night before bed, had a nightmare about a circus, woke up at 6:00 and finished the book before I got out of bed. I felt somehow changed for a couple weeks. I looked at people differently, I was more suspicious of everything, I didn't want any human interaction, and I had little anxiety attacks for no reason. I don't even think I liked the book to be honest. I just know that there has never been a book impact me as much in my whole life. Even thinking about it now, and especially reading this tribute, I have absolutely zero desire to read it again. It is just a completely effed up story that everyone should read and experience because Katherine Dunn is amazing. Do I like the book? God no. Do I think the book is important and genius? Yes.
Article: 10 of 10
Roper captures the importance of the novel and how it opened up opportunity for people like Jim Rose and his sideshow circus. She also nailed how it really fit in with what was happening with music. I especially found the stories about what has become of all the people who worked on the book (They are all industry leaders now).
Teachability: 0 of 10
If there is a high school somewhere that reads Geek Love in class then this article is a must. But without that background, I wouldn't teach it. I have a couple students who have read the book and I will definitely show this article to them.