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Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin

Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin

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Paul Feig isn’t exactly a wolf in geek’s clothing, but he’s hardly the loser he’d like us to think he is. In his second growing-up memoir, the Freaks and Geeks creator claims a life of debilitating social awkwardness and soul-crushing romantic ineptitude. Feig had his share of hilarious pubescent nightmares (e.g., nearly breaking his neck attempting an ill-advised act of self-pleasure). But by the time he’s 18 (about halfway through Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin), he’s turning down sex from a willing, perfectly attractive girl whom he’s dating — simply because he doesn’t like her enough. That’s not pathetic; that’s picky. At that point Feig’s premise is shot, and it shows in the contrived chapters, neurotic footnoting, and other ham-fisted techniques. Real geeks don’t have to try so hard to achieve dork cred.

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