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‘geek'

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I like that you find the word ‘geek' offensive.

Yeah, it is, it's circus freaks, degrading circus freaks who eat chicken heads. I came from the opposite, when people would call someone a geek, and I was like, "What's the difference between someone who collects comics and someone who collects Britney Spears records or someone who collects football programs? You wouldn't call those people geeks, so why are you calling these people geeks?" Not all of us who love comics collect them, there are other hobbies. They're no different from most people who consume things and put them in the corner or put them in a drawer, that's what I was trying to say. Anyone who's into anything could be called a geek, but they don't call them a geek. It's just easier to use than any other word.

+ Grant Morrison on the Death of Comics


Punk and Cheap and Phony

 

“Happy,” I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words like Love, that I never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception—especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest of a fool to use them with any confidence.

HST, The Rum Diaries