About Benjamin Nugent

Benjamin Nugent has written for The New York Times Magazine, Time, New York, and n plus 1. American Nerd: The Story of My People, which will be published by Scribner May 13th, is a combination of history, reporting and memoir. He grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts.

How Stereotypes of Jews and Asians Evolved into the Nerd

By May 12, 2008

Picture a continuum that runs from “really sensual” to “not sensual.” You could place animals and machines at either end: animals are all sensuality, machines all reason. Contemporary racism sets different ethnic groups along this continuum: animals, then Africans, then … Read More