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									Chuck KlostermanChuck 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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Fact File

Name:
Chuck Klosterman
Current Home:
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





The Latest, According to Chuck

Published Works

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								Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas, Author: 
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Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
by Chuck Klosterman
"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 Led Zeppelin and AC/DC, or eating nothing but Chicken McNuggets for a week, Klosterman is always entertaining and often insightful," says Publishers Weekly of Klosterman's latest collection of observations.

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*  Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota (2001)
*  Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (2003)
*  Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005)
*  Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006)


Revisiting Rock Heroes

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								Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story, Author: 
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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
by Chuck Klosterman
In a 6,557-mile sojourn across America, the ever-so-lively Klosterman of Fargo Rock City checks out the spots rock heroes died. Yes, the notorious Chelsea Hotel is included.

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Advice for the Aspiring

We asked Klosterman what advice he'd hand out to aspiring writers. "Don’t believe anyone who praises you, and don’t believe anyone who criticizes you," he suggests. "If you allow other people’s opinions to affect how you view yourself, you’ll never do anything."



A Rockin' Debut

Favorite Writers and Reads

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Fargo Rock City
by Chuck Klosterman
"For those who miss the era of big hair and screaming guitar solos, Chuck Klosterman is your new best friend," our editors announced when reviewing the author's first book, a love letter to heavy metal music. "Sarcastic, opinionated, and eager to defend his need to rock, Klosterman is the perfect guide to the world of heavy metal."

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								The Corrections, Author: 
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The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
In our interview, Klosterman names Jonathan Franzen's bestseller as a favorite book. "I find it hilarious so many people try to seem smart by insisting this book is overrated," he observes. "It’s an almost perfect modern novel." Read our interview to learn more about Klosterman's favorite writers and reads, including:

*Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand
*Animal Farm  by George Orwell
*The Trial  by Franz Kafka
*The Tipping Point  by Malcolm Gladwell
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