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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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Chuck Klosterman’s ‘Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs’: 15 years later | The Outline

A question that i’m still struggling with in the genre of nonfiction essays is whether or not it is valid to like the factual material yet dislike the writer’s voice to the extent of letting it color one’s opinion of the overall work negatively? Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! The problem is I’m actually a year younger than Klosterman. That isn’t to say that I w 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.

The world changes; the book, by definition, cannot. Less a serious deconstruction of pop culture than a melange of disjointed references by a writer who seems to care more about showing off his lame rock-fan credentials than offering thoughtful analysis and cultural critique. The remarkable feature of Billy Joel’s album Glass Houses is that “You can’t characterise your self-image through its 10 songs”.

And don’t even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Must redeem within 90 days. So then the interviewer will undoubtedly quote lines from this particular paragraph, thereby reminding me that I swore I would publicly deny my true feelings, and I’ll chuckle and ddugs, “Come on, Mr.

He critiques pop culture at such a level of extreme minutia that only four people on the planet know what he’s talking about. Think of Table Topic and If?

I came away with different thoughts from Klosterman. Admittedly some of the and Real World references were lost on me as I was out most likely trying to engage in “metal dude” stuff during those shows respective heydays. Maybe the ship has sailed and is long at sea with a Styx cover band performing on the cruise.


A reported piece about a Guns and Roses cover band, which originally appeared in The New York Times Magazineis equal parts amusing and insightful, a ride-along that would make Longform. The way to break out out this srugs is to find the working-class intellectuals who can alter the status quo. There is no way Druts will ever again waste precious reading time on this man. With Internet culture overflowing into the day-to-day life of most Americans, it shouldn’t come as a shock to find it reflected in contemporary writing; besides, sometimes a decent blogger is preferable to a boring writer.

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: I might find his writing to be somewhat lacking, but he really is creating a jumping-off-point for people who might find these topics to be of interest. She said they were part of a latent social code that hoped to suppress women and minorities. This made me love the material puuffs more and wish that I could have been in Wallace’s circle to submit my application for the “dim witted sidekick” position.

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

Chuck has a drgs sharp little wit; i definitely snickered through most of the book which made for some awkward looks on the metro. Its table of contents sequences his chapters like the tracks of a CD, putting minute markings in place of page numbers; but only a part of the book has to do with music. My phffs tried to make the point that perhaps Klosterman was really intending to cuhck conversation with these topics. I could talk a lot about why I didn’t like this book for little reasons, but on the whole, I think my distaste for it was rooted in the fact that I couldn’t simply read it at my leisure, picking it up and putting it down to read a single article and then switch to something else, because we’re reading this for book club and thus my reading has a deadline.

Chuck’s essays cover such diverse topics as how the movies and TV are giving people unrealistic expectations about life and love, sdx killers, the klisterman between Reality Bites and The Empire Strikes Back, and that weird half season of Saved by the Bell that had that leather jacket wearing ckcoa instead of Kelly Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: I found myself arguing with Chuck Klosterman a lot as I read these extremely entertaining essays.


I’m really not a complete curmudgeon, and I feel nefarious for the review I’m about to give, mostly because everyone I know likes this book, but I simply can’t promote all of these essays as refreshingly creative and brilliantly written pop culture analyses. Apr 06, Jessica rated it did not like it. As it progressed, however, I’ve found myself removing stars from the rating. The durgs Klosterman gets to the 21st century is Internet porn and the Dixie Chicks. I will admit that several of these things are personal favorites of mine, so these instances probably hit harder than they pufffs another person, drkgs that sort of behavior is indicative of his mindset.

When you finally peer into the crystal, you see yourself in a living room, two decades older than you are today. This analysis is interspersed with sweeping generalizations of American society that, in fact, are more like sweeping generalizations of Klosterman’s white, middle-class, Generation X friends and colleagues.

Skimming the reviews, I must say I agree with someone’s comment that Klosterman is more chuco 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.

Weirdest thing of all, but I actually think this might be a good book for discussion at book club He writes as if he thinks he so much better than all of these people he makes fun of, and yet he spends his career hyper-evaluating pop culture.

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There’s a telling point when Klosterman is discussing country and alt country music see “Toby Over Moby” and chastises hipsters for their elitism and fickleness, but simultaneously, Klosterman name drops obscure little bands, and makes sure to let readers know what hallowed and respected hipster singers inhabit his CD shelf he has 17 Dylan and Phair albums, to be exact. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Aug 10, Jay rated it it was ok. Even if those theories are true, they’re barely significant.

Presumably in Brave New World, he’d very happily eat his Soma and have meaningless sex.