Aaron Sorkin opens up for W Magazine – drugs, women, work, isolation…and nerds.
[note]A clip from The Social Network after the jump.[/note]
The solo nature of Sorkin‚Äôs drug taking somehow mirrors Zuckerberg‚Äôs trancelike state at the computer: They would seem to share a kind of brilliant isolation. Even now that he is sober, there‚Äôs something solitary about Sorkin. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt feel like a nerd,‚Äù he explained, ‚Äúbut I think I understand them. Sometimes I literally don‚Äôt know what to do with my hands. I know what I used to do, and I don‚Äôt know what to do now. At parties I stay where the crowd is. I don‚Äôt want to get into trouble off by myself.‚Äù
Sorkin‚Äôs research unearthed the very first words on what became Facebook‚Äîan angry blog post that Zuckerberg allegedly wrote after being dumped by a girl. That blog morphed into a Zuckerberg-invented computer program called Facemash, in which photos of Harvard women were posted online, and compared and contrasted based on their looks. It was a classic misfit‚Äôs revenge: If he couldn‚Äôt get the girl, he would trash the girl. ‚ÄúI think there‚Äôs a subset of nerds who are not the cuddly kinds of nerds we made movies about in the Eighties,‚Äù Sorkin said. ‚ÄúThese nerds don‚Äôt understand why attractive women are still dating the quarterback and not them, why women don‚Äôt get that they‚Äôre the ones running the universe right now. There‚Äôs an arrogance that has alchemized into real nastiness.‚Äù