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Nerd Nite 17: faking it, breaking it, making it

LPL has teamed up with nerd nite Lawrence to give you a list of books, movies, and websites that our nerd nite speakers highly recommend to dig even deeper into their talks.

What is nerd nite you ask?

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.  And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well.  Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths.  Fun, right?  As nerds and non-nerds like to say, Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!  (from

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Here’s the recommended reads/watches of our Nerd Nite 17 presenters:


From Bedroom Performance to Performance Art: The Rise of Air Guitar and the Dream of World Peace Eric “Mean” Melin

To Air is Human *

“To Air Is Human is the riotous tale of one man’s journey through a world of wheelchair-bound Christian air rockers, spandex-jumpsuit fittings, Finnish stunt wolves, catatonic ’80s guitar heroes, air groupies, Aireoke, Air Supply, dry-ice injuries, and ultimately, good vs. evil (in the form of Björn’s rival pretender to the air guitar throne). But it is also a sincere and penetrating account of the pursuit of an elusive, intangible, and perhaps nonexistent goal: to achieve ‘airness’–that is, when air guitar transcends the ‘real’ art that it imitates and becomes an art form in and of itself’

Air Guitar Heroes **

Air Guitar Nation *

If punk helped democratize music by prizing energy over virtuosity–then air guitar takes it even further, removing musicianship and playing altogether. The world championships began in 1996, and the contest has been a part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland since. The U.S. Air Guitar Championship began in 2003, with two regional competitions, in New York and Los Angeles, with the finals in LA. The film follows the fierce competition between David “C-Diddy” Jung, (who rocks a Hello Kitty breastplate) and Dan “Björn Türoque” Crane, eternal challenger and perennial runner-up. After the US championship, they move on to Finland, where they are the first Americans ever to compete. The Europeans have several years head start, take air guitar very seriously, and really know how to thrash. Air guitar is performance art for those who never lost touch with their inner child. This documentary is a lovingly hilarious portrait of a bizarre pastime, bearing the message that people are people no matter where you find them.

Dan Crane’s (aka Bjorn Turoque) TED Talk


Very Naughty Boys: The Story of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”  Abby Olcese

First 20 Years of Monty Python *

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

A raucous account of the author’s prime years as a member of Monty Python describes the group’s international travels, battles over censorship, and collaborations on celebrated films, in an intimate record that is complemented by descriptions of Palin’s present experiences as a family man.

Life of Brian

Holy Flying Circus *

Time Bandits

The Long Good Friday

Mona Lisa

Withnail and I

Youtube footage of Palin & Cleese vs. Muggeridge & Stockwood


The cover of Jai Nitz’s new comic The Dream Thief


Iconography: The Art of Judging a Book By Its Cover

Jai Nitz





Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, this innovative comic book provides a detailed look at the history, meaning, and art of comics and cartooning.

Chip Kidd: Book One: Work: 1986-2006 *

Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross

Celebrates the talents of DC Comics artist Alex Ross in a collection of his drawings, sketches, limited edition prints, and other artwork, all reproduced in full color, accompanied by a study of his creative process.


*We can score it through interlibrary loan.

** Unfortunately this title is only for sale through a third party on





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