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Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story
Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story

CAMiles, December 7, 2009

Chuck Klosterman's like an old-school television that sometimes comes in with perfect, enjoyable reception and other times, comes through in hazy, alien lines, at which point the usual response is to smack it upside the head to get it back on track to the topic at hand. The man has moments of brilliance in his musical research and analysis but detracts from them in a stony haze of self-indulgence that beats Mr. Ed so damn hard he turns him directly into Elmer's glue. Don't get me wrong, I like him, but if I had to tag along with him on a road trip in real life, I'd probably eject myself from the car while speeding down a lonely stretch of middle America road because the man talks too much. It would have been cool to fictionalize the piece and have the main character himself die in the Tauntan somewhere in a field at his "crossroads," which would have bolstered his thesis and give his 3-woman storyline more meaning to the reader that was never there to begin with. Or, he could have trashed the death premise altogether and explored the greatest loves of rock in a fictional road trip while musing about his. Still, a fun read, and like a television, I can't stop watching.
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Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
Eating the Dinosaur

CAMiles, November 4, 2009

Eating the Dinosaur was my introduction to Chuck Klosterman, and he's terrific. He had me laughing and making connections about our current media craziness all the way through (well, except for that football chapter, which I did skip but feel it's OK, especially since the author himself granted that option from the gate). I think the sum total of each of the book's sections kind of points to George Orwell's (1984) concept of "doublethink," the ability to hold two diametrically opposed thoughts in one's mind at the same time and believe both of them. Well, actually, I guess we might not believe both sides; we just put up with them and keep going. Also, I enjoyed the editorial style of the book. His meter was all over the map, but it lent itself to a feeling of actually having a real conversation with someone who is passionate about their ideas and observations and can't wait to share them; kind of like having a deep, laid-back conversation with your older brother's bearded intellectuo-grunge friend in the old-plaid-couched, maryjane basement lounge. Anyway, I liked it, recommend it, and will buy more of what he has to say in the future. Fun stuff!
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