Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
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Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

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Coming off the breakthrough success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Killing Yourself to Live, bestselling pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman assembles his best work previously unavailable in book form—including the ground-breaking 1996 piece about his chicken McNuggets experiment, his uncensored profile of Britney Spears, and a previously

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Coming off the breakthrough success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Killing Yourself to Live, bestselling pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman assembles his best work previously unavailable in book form—including the ground-breaking 1996 piece about his chicken McNuggets experiment, his uncensored profile of Britney Spears, and a previously unpublished short story—all recontextualized in Chuck’s unique voice with new intros, outros, segues, and masterful footnotes.

Chuck Klosterman IV consists of three parts:

Things That Are True—Profiles and trend stories: Britney Spears, Radiohead, Billy Joel, Metallica, Val Kilmer, Bono, Wilco, the White Stripes, Steve Nash, Morrissey, Robert Plant—all with new introductions and footnotes.

Things That Might Be True—Opinions and theories on everything from monogamy to pirates to robots to super people to guilt, and (of course) Advancement—all with new hypothetical questions and footnotes.

Something That Isn’t True At All—This is old fiction. There’s a new introduction, but no footnotes. Well, there’s a footnote in the introduction, but none in the story.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One of America's top cultural critics." — Entertainment Weekly

"Mr. Klosterman makes good, smart company." — The New York Times

"He's perfect junk food for the soul." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The reigning Kasparov of pop culture wits-matching." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Klosterman is like the new Hunter S. Thompson." — People

"Ferociously clever and ferociously self-deprecating." — Evening Standard (London)

"He's killing his artform, in hopes of reviving it." — The Onion A.V. Club

Confections like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs earned high praise for author Chuck Klosterman. The Los Angeles Times Book Review called his works "junk food for the soul" and People installed him as "the new Hunter S. Thompson." Not to be silenced by such accolades, Klosterman returns with a fresh batch of high-adrenaline riffs on heavy metal music, trash TV, sports, and sex. High-spirited and unpredictable.
Publishers Weekly
Fans of Klosterman's Ritalin-paced pop culture criticism (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) will eagerly devour this collection of previously published essays. Whether investigating Latino fans of British pop icon Morrissey, interviewing female tribute bands like Lez Zeppelin and AC/DShe or eating nothing but Chicken McNuggets for a week, Klosterman is always entertaining and often insightful. But other than a sympathetic profile of Billy Joel, Klosterman rarely strays from his favorite topics: heavy metal music, television, sports and sex. Perhaps this career overview is his way of recycling old themes into some kind of new "defining endeavor," as he describes the title inspired by Led Zeppelin IV (as it is unofficially called). This would make perfect sense given his work so far: Fargo Rock City was an original and confident debut (like Led Zeppelin I); his newest book definitely has kick, but overall it's a mixed bag of collected essays-strong and not-so-strong performances-its parts are greater than the whole. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From trend pieces ("Things That Are True") to opinion pieces ("Things That Might Be True") to a short story ("Things That Are Not True at All"). With a 15-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743284899
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
07/03/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
185,871
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 1.00(h) x 8.40(d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 5, 1972
Place of Birth:
Wyndmere, North Dakota
Education:
Degree in Journalism, University of North Dakota, 1994

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