2013 • 400 pages • Mulholland Books
The first identity I ever explicitly owned was gamer.
My brother is significantly older than I am, and I experienced his nineties adolescence secondhand as a small child. The signifiers of cool (for a given value where whatever your older sibling does is awesome) were the SEGA Genesis in the corkboard entertainment center in my brother’s room, the familiar weight and heft of a Nintendo 64 controller, and a discarded Street Fighter II strategy guide that I poured over in the family van. I remember perching on a medicine ball and watching him play Warcraft II, the two of us in perfect, rapt silence; I remember fleeing from the room as he faced off with Ganon for the last time in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. Pop culture starved as I was, video games became my childhood imagination’s major anchor.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of my other passions is theater. I act, I do tech (well, wardrobe and anything else that doesn’t involve a light board), I do whatever it takes to help a show get on the road. For the past three semesters, I’ve been serving as treasurer of my college’s student acting troupe, which includes organizing student outings to local theater productions. Our first trip this semester? Going to go see The Super Villain Monologues at Dad’s Garage. Why is this relevant to this blog? It adapts selections from Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will be Invincible. Boom! Relevance!
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
I love io9. (I’ve applied to be an intern twice, I love it so much.) Before I began reading it, I used to be a bit concerned it might focus more on science than I’d like, and the cyborg elf that is its logo is not so reassuring. But luckily, I did—and almost better than the blog itself is the commentators. Over the holidays, one comment thread turned into book recommendations, and a commentator recommended Soon I Will Be Invincible, which I’d encountered at the bookstore before. It sounded worth a shot, so I picked it up when I came back to school. I was pleasantly surprised.