I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams


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University of Minnesota Press
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5.6 X 1.2 X 8.5 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Mark Dery is a cultural critic and journalist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Cabinet, Bookforum, and Boing Boing, among other publications. His books include Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture; The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink; and the widely republished pamphlet Culture Jamming. He is writing a biography of Edward Gorey.

Bruce Sterling is a science fiction author whose novels include Distraction, Zeitgeist, Holy Fire, and The Caryatids.


"Mark Dery's cultural criticism is the stuff that nightmares are made of. He's a witty and brilliant tour guide on an intellectual journey through our darkest desires and strangest inclinations. You can't look away even if you want to." --Mark Frauenfelder and David Pescovitz, Boing Boing
"Mark Dery is gifted with sanity, humor, learning, and a prose style as keen as a barber's razor. He applies those qualities to a trustworthy and entertaining analysis of the lunatic fringe, which constitutes an ever-larger portion of the discourse in America today." --Luc Sante

"Do not turn squeamish from the many considerations of death that lurk within--vampires, tombs, disease, corruption of many varieties. Mark Dery's restless and stylish essay is concerned with one thing only--what it means to be alive in America." --Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America