Biographies, in any form, is not my favoured form of literature. That said I have, as can be perceived by the time since my last post here, been in a enormous reading slump. The reason/s for this are complex but to keep it short no part of my life have been quiet and safe, resulting in personal and introverted though-processes that needed to take their time. Only in recent months have things stabilised enough for me to proceed with life as usual and I thought some light fun reading would be good for me, and it seemed Simon Pegg‘s self-penned biography Nerd do well would fit the bill.
The book is light and whimsical and while I’m not sure I would had enjoyed it as much as I now did had my circumstances been different I do feel confident in recommending it to anyone who know who he is.
Simon Pegg is a handful of years younger than me, and from another culture, yet many of the things of which he writes are familiar. For example the video shop situation; rental shops packed with B-films of sometimes dubious quality – I distinctly remember watching Return of the Living Dead, for example, and a load of others, laughing at the funny improbabilities: zombies, really?!?!?! Not to mention the general gaping at the cultural gap between Sweden and the US pictured in those films…
Being younger it seems like he missed the punk scene but not the goth period, and he manages to name-drop Fields of the Nephilim, an admittedly obscure band by which I have several LP’s (and maxi singles – all featuring the same basic two or three songs) and I have a distinct memory of the striped long-sleeved T-shirts of the 80’s . Coupled with a shared fascination of science fiction and a history of having had a pub being your living room, getting to know the patrons and the other regulars, and it is easy to see how me getting most of his cultural references is the key to my enjoyment of his book.
Verdict? Written in a “easy reader” straightforward language and as a series of reflections/episodes makes it perfect reading while travelling or commuting, when it’s hard to keep long sequences of reasoning active.