Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.32 × 2.17 × 0.28 in
Published: July 6, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416544216
ISBN - 13: 9781416544210
About the Book
Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fans inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history.
From the Publisher
After a bestselling and acclaimed diversion into fiction, Chuck
Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, returns
to the form in which he's been spectacularly successful with a
collection of essays about our consumption of pop culture and
Q: What is this book about?
A: Well, that's difficult to say. I haven't read it yet-I've just
picked it up and casually glanced at the back cover. There clearly
isn't a plot. I've heard there's a lot of stuff about time travel
in this book, and quite a bit about violence and Garth Brooks and
why Germans don't laugh when they're inside grocery stores. Ralph
Nader and Ralph Sampson play significant roles. I think there are
several pages about Rear Window and college football and
Mad Men and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having sex with Asian
women. Supposedly there's a chapter outlining all the things the
Unabomber was right about, but perhaps I'm misinformed.
Q: Is there a larger theme?
A: Oh, something about reality. "What is reality," maybe? No,
that's not it. Not exactly. I get the sense that most of the core
questions dwell on the way media perception constructs a fake
reality that ends up becoming more meaningful than whatever
actually happened. Also, Lady Gaga.
Q: Should I read this book?
A: Probably. Do you see a clear relationship between the Branch
Davidian disaster and the recording of Nirvana's In Utero?
Does Barack Obama make you want to drink Pepsi? Does ABBA remind
you of AC/DC? If so, you probably don't need to read this book. You
probably wrote this book. But I suspect everybody else will totally
love it, except for the ones who totally hate it.
About the Author
Chuck Klosterman, currently a music, film, & culture critic for
Ohio's "Akron Beacon Journal", began his career with "The Forum" in
Fargo, North Dakota. He lives in Akron, Ohio, where he once
consumed nothing but McDonald's Chicken McNuggets for seven