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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    I purchased this book because I had heard so many good things ab

    I purchased this book because I had heard so many good things about Chuck Klosterman. This is the first book of his that I've purchased; however, I have read his Grantland pieces and some other work on pop culture and sports. And this book has a great premise- who are the villains, why are they villains, and how did they become villains. Klosterman answers these three questions, mostly, but the majority of the essays in this collection lack depth. CK scratches the surface on one of his subjects, digresses into discussing other people without a clear transition, and then comes back to the original subject, without meaningfully tying everything together.

    Therefore, this book mostly forgettable. The OJ Simpson and the NWA essays are the most lucid and well-executed pieces.
    You'd be better off checking this out at a library than buying it.

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