You know, I am constantly amazed at the diversity of the brotherhood of geeks. Aside from the core fascination with the obscure and nerdy, we have very little in common. Case in point: as I drove to an unreasonably early deacon meeting this morning, I was listening to an interview on NPR. The interviewer was talking to two women who had written a vegan cookbook called The Veganomicon. Most of the interview was about their connection to the allegedly flourishing vegan punk rock scene and vegan eating and how tofu is not actually that awful and et cetera. But at some point the earnest NPR interviewer got around to asking what was up with the name of the cookbook, anyway?
Now, I am a geek, so I knew the cookbook name is a sly reference to the Necronomicon, the terrible and forbidden volume that figures prominently in the horror fiction of relatively obscure (to non-geeks) early 20th century writer H.P. Lovecraft, best known for the Cthulhu mythos. This suggests some unexpected self-deprecating humor by the vegans, unless one is to believe that cooking their meat-free moussaka will drive you mad or hasten the inexorable arrival of Nyarlathotep to flay your skin away, presumably with bacon.
But the NPR interviewer clearly could not know. And as the vegan hemmed and hawed into a lengthy introduction about how she and her fellow vegans are geeky, I could her her internal monologue, one I have held so many times-would she completely tank this interview and freak out the interviewer and weird out the listeners by confessing that the name of her cookbook was a reference to an obscure and nonexistent tome from pulp horror fiction, one that is renowned for containing unutterable secrets that drive its readers crazy? Would she risk the awkward silence or nervous laughter that was likely to result, even from a trained interviewer?
No, she punted and dodged the question. But at that moment I felt an extremely close kinship with her, despite how much I like short ribs.
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