Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman – Over half a million copies sold! From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock. Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture. The American writer Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, in addition to being one of the better essay collections of recent years (it.

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The unique thing is that even though he writes about a lot of things that have become cliches to comment on Star Wars, The Real World, relationships, etc.

It’s no one’s fault, really. Also frustrating was Klosterman’s excessive ability to turn his opinion into what he considers a universal fact: With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: Druts Low Culture Manifesto paperback edition cover.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

This page was last edited on 9 Aprilat But in this case, I will absolutely not be picking up anything by him ever again. He is an ironically self-aware, trivia-theorizing, unreconstructed slacker: Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. When we are being presented with something that is supposedly a nonfiction essay should we accept the writer’s voice as being a window into that person’s personality or is it possible that it should merely be regarded as a persona that was chosen at the time of writing?

I thought, this whole book can’t be THAT bad When I was in college, one of my professors assigned a book that used bridge, a card game he apparently loved, to illustrate the principles of sociology. Kenny, who would argue for a higher rating Reading pufs names employed so glibly and rapidly in is disorienting, at ahd.


Or have you read the If? You don’t get no money. He tries too hard to tie everything up in a neat little bow The interest in a weird book of 18 essays about ephemera surprised Klosterman. That evening, the president announces he may have thyroid cancer and will undergo a biopsy later that week.

Review: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman | Books | The Guardian

He has the hallmarks of the critic’s negative view on what he chooses to call “mass media” a more sinister phrase historically than “popular culture”. Skimming the reviews, I must say I agree with someone’s comment that Klosterman is more of a blogger than a writer at least if judged by this effortbut for a collection of essays on pop culture, that doesn’t seem to be a very crucial distinction.

These people’s references may be ephemeral rather than classic, but the faculty of judgment is no less urgent for that. Perhaps it’s a bad idea.

The following essays are included in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs:. Refresh and try again.

Looking back at Chuck Klosterman’s ‘Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs’

But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either. He’s goofy, knows a great amount of stuff on bands that are neat, and just seems a little disgruntled with how people react to certain music I fondly recall the opening chapter or foreward being about him ranting klostermam Coldplay or something. They even included a picture of a cd and jewel case to ingrain it in your brain.

May 13, Rob rated it really liked it Recommended to Rob by: The focus ultimately lies on the realization Klosterman has, in chck moments before he falls asleep: Weirdest thing of all, but I actually think this might be pufs good book for discussion at book club Sep 26, Jen Padgett Bohle rated it liked it. I disagreed with almost every opinion in this book, and some of it was so wrong I kept wondering, has Klosterman every actually met another human being?


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

The guy is throwing around dubious or outright false premises like a drunkard would swing a two handed sword — causing damage without really understanding what he’s doing, and destroying trees in the process. Let us assume he can do five simple tricks–he can pull a rabbit out of his hat, he can make a coin disappear, he can turn the ace of spades into the Joker card, and two others in a similar vein.

He’s clever, kind of funny, and actually can form some pretty well structured articles. The work of turning philosophical topics into pop-cultural comic provocation is an art. That’s what it sounds like this book is about, Charlie as Wiki calls him, for some reason; maybe they’re familiar to each other Manson saying, I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

He stret This book started out great This is followed by an essay on The Sims, which was somewhat thoughtful, but less meaningful to me considering my own experience with The Sims was short-lived because I found the game boring.

Chuck is really at his best when he’s writing about sports.