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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Sex, Drugs, Coco Puffs and Almost everything Else

Have you ever eaten Coco Puffs? I bet you didn't realize the sugary cereal you were ingesting was original conceived by the ideal to help prevent ailments or that there commercial maybe unintentionally teaching you how to be cool. If you did realize it is likely you are...
Have you ever eaten Coco Puffs? I bet you didn't realize the sugary cereal you were ingesting was original conceived by the ideal to help prevent ailments or that there commercial maybe unintentionally teaching you how to be cool. If you did realize it is likely you are either: A. Chuck Klosterman B. Simultaneously a sociologist focusing on media and a breakfast historian or C. person that has already read the book Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs.

Chuck Klosterman Is a writer for Spin and Esquire magazine. He is most prominently known for his work about classic rock bands but also has an almost infinite amount of cultural knowledge that makes SD&CP a very enjoyable collection of essays. Because of the fact that it is essays and not s story SD&CP should be a very easy book to pick up and put down, but I actually found it was not. His insights make him seem genius and the different perspectives he offers are as addictive as Cinnamon Toast Crutch.

Despite my plethora of cereal related references SD&CP is about far more then breakfast with themes that cover everything including The Real World, The Sims, Say Anything, and Vanilla Sky and few others that it is unlikely you could think of in your wildest dreams.

Usually The stories lack focus on the thing itself and look at a broader theme represented by the item, and while these are all only Mr. Klosterman's opinions even if you disagree they are very entertaining. The most common criticism of his work is his writing style that at sometimes seems intentionally overly wordy. I had no problem with it at, but I could defiantly see the potential for it to become annoying.

On the whole I found the book to be a very entertain and thought provoking, but would not recommended it to someone who wants a story but rather for someone who is interested in both reading random facts and learning to think differently.

posted by NerdFighter_92 on October 27, 2009

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Meh.

I thought this book would make me think differently about things and maybe laugh at pop culture, but it is just the ramblings of a man who was bullied in school. A former outcast made famous by being an annoying a**hole. I couldn't make myself finish it.

Only read this...
I thought this book would make me think differently about things and maybe laugh at pop culture, but it is just the ramblings of a man who was bullied in school. A former outcast made famous by being an annoying a**hole. I couldn't make myself finish it.

Only read this if you have nothing better to do.

posted by 12504765 on March 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Meh.

    I thought this book would make me think differently about things and maybe laugh at pop culture, but it is just the ramblings of a man who was bullied in school. A former outcast made famous by being an annoying a**hole. I couldn't make myself finish it.

    Only read this if you have nothing better to do.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Not that interesting

    This is one of the few books that I've thrown out. I thought it was dull and plodding, and I regretted ever buying it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2004

    Starting out good, then...

    The first two chapters of this book were great and were defintietly things that I could identify with. Then the book just began to get idiotic. There were the chapters on apparently how horrible soccer is and the fact that it is only played by failures (from reading the chapter you could see that he either did not understand the sport or actually ever watch it). He also manages to incorrectly compare the Trix rabbit to Sisyphus (rahter than Tantalus). My main problem with this book is that a lot of the information is incorrect and coming from someone that has somehow maged to convince himself that he has some great understanding of his generation. I think that I would have liked the book a lot more if he actually bothered to correctly disseminate correct information.

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