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Jeremy’s Book Recommendations: Super Sad True Love Story

Jun 28, 2011

The Ultimate Geek Pen and Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

The Ultimate Geek Pen is an everything device. With its stylus tip for PDAs and games; ballpoint tip for writing (of course!); laser pointer for presentations and search-and-rescue; UV light to detect counterfeiting; and a bendable flashlight for reading and illumination, it is a practical five-in-one tool and, in a basic way, embodies the state-of-the-art multiplicity of function that higher technologies like the iPhone aspire to. It makes you wonder what might emerge next in the ongoing development of products resulting in our present technological transference. In Gary Shteyngart’s novel Super Sad True Love Story, the “apparat” is this future device. Being everything an individual thinks s/he needs, the apparat is also a template for projecting a person’s personality traits and essential being to the world around him/her. It is part of Shteyngart’s exploration of what a technology-driven Western society might come to if genuine human interaction is limited to finger-taps and invisible waves. So, enjoy your Geek Pen for all of its practicality, but look up every once and awhile to smile at whoever is near.

Fun Fact: Thomas Edison, stumped on which of his many projects to pursue, was sitting in his study late one night in 1875 attempting to read, in its original Russian, Dostoevsky’s The Idiot by utilizing a early, little known Accoutrements invention, The Geek Quill, to read in the dark, when, suddenly, inspired by such handy device, he began work on what would become the larger-sized light bulb we are familiar with today.

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