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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 15, 2013

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    My feelings towards this book are VERY ambivalent. A high and lo

    My feelings towards this book are VERY ambivalent. A high and low rollercoaster ride is my analogy.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    Wide Array of Pop Culture Essays

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    Pop Culture Manifesto

    I need to preface my entire review by stating that Klosterman is one of the most thought-provoking authors I've ever read. He has written several books (Eating the Dinosaur, Killing Yourself to Live, Downtown Owl) showcasing his wide array of knowledge of all things pop culture related. He is quite simply an expert on pop culture.

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is a book comprised of short essays about everything from Saved By The Bell and the Sims to the Celtics/Lakers rivalry and Star Wars. There is literally no subject that Chuck does not know/write about.

    I always find it difficult to rate/review a book that is comprised of essays or short stories because there really is no narrative. Each story is its own entity and there may be some that are amazing and then some not so amazing. I enjoyed about half of the essays in this book because I was knowledgable enough to understand the pop culture referenced in them. His essay on the computer game The Sims was by far my favorite. He writes an entire essay comparing his real life, to that of his "SimChuck." It's hysterical. Reading the essay brought me back to the days when I would play the Sims, and his interesting allegory between the life of his "SimChuck" and his own was intriguing. He compared his own wants and needs with that of "SimChuck", and found that although "SimChuck" lived in a two-dimensional space which "real" Chuck controlled, they were actually not very different.

    His essays on the Real World was also very poignant as he enters into a discussion on how reality television can never be truly reality after its first season. He uses the first season of the Real World as evidence, stating that the first season was so boring because people were actually just being themselves and not playing a character they thought they needed to play to get air time. It's a very interesting thought, one that I have had myself on occasion.

    I found myself struggling to get through the essays on sports (most specifically the Lakers/Celtics rivalry). It's apparent in Klosterman's writing that he is a huge sports fan, which puts a damper on some essays for me as I'm the complete opposite. Discussing coaches and players and fan bases were just lost on me. I tried to slug my way though that essay, thinking that it would contain portions that would be amicable to non-fans like myself, but it was difficult. Although Klosterman made parallels linking the Lakers/Celtics rivalry to other great rivalries and events in history, his references sometimes became too specific or were referencing things of which I had no knowledge, like additional sports facts and events.

    I give Klosterman a ton of credit for being able to discuss (in infinite detail) the effect of Madonna and Pamela Anderson in the same book as a detailed analysis of sports legends and a ton of historical facts. The man is clearly a sponge of information, yet I feel that it's sometimes too much information leaking out.
    I'd like to end my review by asking that you not read this review and swear off Klosterman for life. His book Killing Yourself to Live is written in a more narrative style and is amazing! It chronicles his journey across the US to find out why musicians become legends when they die early. It's an incredibly interesting book, one that I highly recommend.

    Kimberly (Reflections of a Book Addict)

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    not as good as the hype...killing yourself to live much better

    i was expecting this to be awesome and had a lot of excitement about the release...but it was a letdown

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    My thoughts on this book...

    This book skips around with each chapter and none of them are remotly connected. Think of them as scattered thoughts. He covers many topics from Love, Video games relating to life, serial killers, even on porn. Its not at all a bad book, but if you like books with a more steady plot line i wouldnt recomend it.

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