W. Kamau Bell has written a funny and poignant look at his life and how it has his experiences have shaped his view of the world and his approach to life. I absolutely loved how open and honest he is about his own “awkwardness” in life, how he has had to bridge so many worlds and how it has affected everything from his family to his career. I think we all struggle to fit into the world and Bell writes so truthfully about finding his own way to become a success. I loved how each chapter examines a topic and the people that influenced him that helped him become who he is and make his own unique mark.
Essays written on the continuing rise of feminists/feminism in geek culture. I have to agree with Ms. Hurley on most of her points. As someone who has been deeply involved in geek culture for well over 30 years now, I have see the genre become much more inclusive, but, like anything, it still has its weak areas. Female presences at cons around the nation is growing in leaps and bounds, but we still have to battle to be taken seriously in writing, creating, canon, and to be simply looked at as more than “green alien lady eye candy.” I would just like to remind geeks out there, that while moving forward is always the goal, we need to refrain from becoming the same bullies that made our lives miserable in the first place. We need to rise up to what makes us special and unique in all of our passions. We may never change the minds of the supposed “old guard” but there is a whole new generation of people who are ready to join us just the way we are.