Chuck Klosterman has created an incomparable body of work in books, magazines, newspapers, and on the Web. His writing spans the realms of culture and sports, while also addressing interpersonal issues, social quandaries, and ethical boundaries. Klosterman has written nine previous books, helped found and establish Grantland, served as the New York Times Magazine Ethicist, worked on film and television productions, and contributed profiles and essays to outlets such as GQ, Esquire, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and The Guardian.
Chuck Klosterman's tenth book (aka Chuck Klosterman X) collects his most intriguing of those pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese Democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times.
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About the Author
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
Read an Excerpt
The book you are about to read is a collection of stories I’ve published in various media outlets over the past ten years. I like these stories and wouldn’t republish them if I didn’t. But I certainly hope you like them more than I do. The process of compiling old articles is not difficult, but it also isn’t pleasant. It’s just not enjoyable to reread things you’ve written in the not-so-distant past (I think this is true for most writers, discounting those real crazy motherfuckers who believe the world would be radically different if they weren’t involved). Every positive memory is coated with the ooze of regret: You want to delete every semicolon and alter every joke. Moments that once seemed revelatory now seem banal. You’re forcibly reminded how rapidly society evolves, and it’s disheartening to revisit an arbitrary event from five years ago that suddenly feels like a factoid from 1958. It’s the worst kind of time machine.
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Table of Contents
Three-Man Weave 5
My Zombie, Myself 23
That's not how it Happened 31
The Light who has Lighted the World 43
There's Something Peculiar about Lying in a Dark room. You can't see anything. 57
Liquid Food 69
C'Mon Dave, Gimme a Break 91
Where were you while we were Getting High? 105
I'm Assuming it's going to be fun 121
I Need to be Alive (In Order to Watch TV) 137
I Will Choose Free will (Canadian reader's note: This is not about Rush) 146
Eeverybody's happy when the Wizard Walks by (Or Maybe Not? Maybe they Hate it? Hard to say, really) 153
Speed Kills (until it doesn't) 158
Not a Nutzo Girl, not yet a Nutzo Woman (Miley Cyrus, 2008) 167
When giants walked the earth (and Argued about China) 172
Use your Illusion (But Don't Bench Ginobili) 177
The drugs don't work (Actually, they work Great) 185
The city that time remembered (Tulsa, Oklahoma) 193
But what if we're Wrong? (Drink the Acid, Swallow the Mouse) 200
Owner of a Lonely Heart 207
The enemy of my enemy is probably just another enemy 225
A road seldom traveled by the multitudes 241
Brown would be the color (If I Had a Heart) 255
I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars 273
White's Shadow 283
House mouse in the mouse house 299
The man who knew too much 317
The opposite of Beyonce 333
Like regular music, except good 343
Non-suppressive Slacker 350
Democracy Now! 354
Metal Machine "Music" 360
2 + 2 = 5 365
Advertising worked on me 377
Hero in Black 413
Villain in white 418
Something Else 425