Selling Nostalgia: A Neurotic Novel (Hardcover)
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Prepare yourself to boldly go where few fanboys and fangirls have gone before on this rocket-powered rollercoaster ride through today’s madcap, pop culture-obsessed “nostalgia industry”—comprised of the reunions, reboots, blogs, podcasts, commenters, conventions, and collect-em-all merch—that fuels today’s ever-growing geek culture!
As with so many members of his generation, down-on-his-luck writer-filmmaker Milton Siegel has what some might call an unhealthy fixation on the TV shows, movies, books, music, and celebrities from his childhood that spanned the 1980s and 1990s. Unlike many of his generation, Milt has spent most of his life as an adult (so to speak) chronicling this same pop culture of his youth. Hey, it’s a living…sometimes.
After quitting his job at a regional newspaper (or after having been fired, depending on who you ask), Milt finds himself on what becomes a quixotic quest to promote his latest pop culture history project around the country over one progressively insane and hilarious month. Throughout his many misadventures to come, Milt must contend with: a horde of salivating manic nerds, an inexplicable rash of natural disasters, clickbait-concocting media pundits, overly ambitious pseudo-celebrities, bafflingly incompetent event coordinators, a desperately hemorrhaging bank account, a super seductive stripper, ultra-competitive frenemies, and his own sense of the precarious future while being so embroiled in his childish past.
In the end, it’s up to Milt to make it through the month-long nomadic tour of laughter, tears, and revelations ahead without losing his mind. If he’s really lucky, he might even make rent, keep his new wife from fleeing in terror, and perhaps have a little fun along the way.
"Mathew Klickstein might be the geek guru of the 21st century." —Mark Mothersbaugh
About the Author
Mathew Klickstein is a longtime journalist, author, filmmaker, arts therapist, and playwright. His books include: SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age and Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons (with Mike Reiss), and Being Mr. Skin: 20 Years of Nip Slips, Cheek Peeks, and Fast-Forwarding to the Good Parts (with Jim “Mr. Skin” McBride). His work has appeared in such outlets as: Wired, NY Daily News, Vulture, and The New Yorker. He is the writer of Sony Pictures' Against the Dark (starring Steven Seagal) and directed/produced the feature documentaries Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story and On Your Marc about TV's Marc Summers. He co-created and was head writer/field producer for a comedic travelogue series on the National Lampoon Network called CollegeTown USA and was a casting producer for Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible. He has also written and produced such theatrical projects as Ladies of the Fly—an immersive, gender-bending rendition of Lord of the Flies—and disLabled in partnership with Denver's Phamaly Theatre Company. Mathew is the host/co-producer of the nerd/geek culture podcast NERTZ, based on his book Nerding Out: How Pop Culture Ruined The Misfit. He sits on the Dairy Center of the Arts' Boedecker Theater Programming Board and lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Becky. Mathew received his BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. His bio is getting harder and harder to condense. www.MathewKlickstein.com
"Klickstein...delivers a searing critique of geek culture and the trouble with indulging nostalgia at the expense of reckoning with reality. Though he didn't set out to write a social commentary, it's on that level that he finds the most success."
— The Washington Post
"Selling Nostalgia reads like Philip K. Dick on speed."
— Allen Salkin, Bestselling author and columnist