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

Mark Dery


Exploring the darkest corners of the national psyche and the nethermost regions of the self—the gothic, the grotesque, and the carnivalesque—this book aims to make sense of the cultural dynamics of the American madhouse early in the twenty-first century. The book includes chapters on the pornographic fantasies of Star Trek fans, Facebook as Limbo of the Lost, George W. Bush’s fear of his inner queer, the theme-parking of the Holocaust, the homoerotic subtext of the Super Bowl, the hidden agendas of IQ tests, Santa’s secret kinship with Satan, the sadism of dentists, Adolf Hitler’s afterlife on ... More

Keywords: self, Star Trek, Facebook, George W. Bush, Super Bowl, IQ tests, YouTube, HAL, robot spam, big toe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677733
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Dery, author