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HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307587923
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Pages: 51
  • Sales rank: 88,573
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman
A popular Esquire columnist and all-around pop culture fanatic, Chuck Klosterman overanalyzes everything -- from the cultural significance of The Sims to Billy Joel's greatness level -- in essay collections like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV.

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In our interview, Klosterman shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself:

"I think I love onion rings, but I actually don't. Very often, I will purchase onion rings and throw them in the oven, and I'll be very excited about the premise of consuming them. However, when I finally start to eat supper, I realize they're only okay. Somehow, this situation has happened to me at least five times in my lifetime: For some reason, I keep unconsciously convincing myself that onion rings are delicious."

"The original title for Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs was American Minotaur, but everybody turned against me."

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

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Fun and Engaging with the Right Mind Set

    Stumbled across this product and it seemed absolutely engrossing, so me and the wife picked it up. We both find this set of 50 questions (many are not that insane) to be a lot of fun. We bring them along with us in the car and depending on the group of people we might be encountering for an evening also to parties.

    One of the cards prompted my mother, my wife and myself into a rather lively debate on how far you can hold a child accountable for their actions, and whether or not the adult version of that child is to be judged based on those actions. It's a conversation that lingered for at least a couple of days as new thoughts and arguments were presented. I brought it with me to a party that included some friends who we usually play somewhat unstructured boardgames with, and thought they would have thoroughly enjoyed it, but the interest level just wasn't there. To others it reminded them of school (i don't see how that's possible).

    It's a product that your either going to really enjoy or just be bored to tears with. The latter of which i don't see how it's possible. A bit of how I approach it is to at times play the devils advocate on idea's that me and my wife instantly agree on, or see eye to eye on. In this way it allows us to unravel the question a bit more, and on at least one occasion doing this made me change my mind altogether. There are layers to most questions, but more then one card features a dud, but that may just be my outlook on the question. Much is left up to interpretation and this is a good thing.

    As far as the quality of the cards, that leaves something to be desired. They are thin, very thin which i guess helped to keep the cost down, just don't let any younger kids get a hold of them lest they be folded bent and torn. The box they are housed in is robust thankfully. The cards title is on one side and features usually a clever bit of art (nothing intricate simple design motifs) and the reverse is the question. When you first read a few the questions seem to ramble on, but you quickly realize this is to help address "what if's" that might arise when discussing the question.

    All and all a solid product and if your one to find your self browsing the cultural studies section at your local book store, then this is more then likely a product you will find yourself enjoying and reaching for anytime you get the opportunity. My favorite question thus far has been one involving "Stereotypical Jesus".

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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