Benjamin Nugent is writing a forthcoming book called American Nerd: The Story of My People (Scribner, March 08). It’s said to be “a history of the nerd archetype, mixed with reporting on nerd subcultures and memoir”. He has a new weblog that sort-of trails the book, but which actually has the effect of putting me off pre-ordering it. Let’s hope his book isn’t going to be the sort of “fly-by” that the subject usually gets from journalists.

Update: it’s getting excellent reviews, and I have it on order now.