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Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

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Staff Pick

One of Klosterman's most "dangerous ideas" may be his assertion that Billy Joel is a fantastic songwriter, but, oddly enough, his profile on the singer is not only fascinating, it earned him the wrath of Mr. Joel himself. How ironic! And yet, perhaps not. Irony is Klosterman's stock-in-trade, and his ability to combine it with his insatiable enthusiasm and curiosity for the world of pop culture is a truly charming talent. Klosterman's collection of essays is a delight to read; his irrepressible style is both quirky and very funny.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Chuck Klosterman IV Consists of Three Parts:

THINGS THAT ARE TRUE

Profiles And Trend Stories: Britney Spears, Radiohead, Billy Joel, Metallica, Val Kilmer, Bono, Wilco, The White Stripes, Steve Nash, Morrissey, Robert Plant — All With New Introductions And Footnotes.

THINGS THAT MIGHT BE TRUE

Opinions And Theories On Everything From Monogamy To Pirates To Robots To Super People To Guilt And (Of Course) Advancement — All With New Hypothetical Questions And Footnotes.

SOMETHING THAT ISN'T TRUE AT ALL

This Is New Fiction. There's An Introduction, But No Footnotes. Well, There's A Footnote In The Introduction, But None In The Story.

Review:

"Klosterman's writing is funny and smart, if not so new or earth shattering, and that, after all, is pop culture." Booklist

Synopsis:

A bestselling pop culture guru and author of "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" takes a unique look at his career in journalism, in this collection of work that includes the legendary chicken McNuggets experiment and an uncensored profile of Britney Spears.

About the Author

Charles John "Chuck" Klosterman is an American pop-culture journalist, critic, and essayist. He was raised on a farm near Wyndmere, North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994. After college he was a journalist in Fargo and later an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio before moving to New York in 2003.

Table of Contents

Contents

Things That Are True

Southern-Fried Sex Kitten

Bending Spoons with Britney Spears

(This Happened in) October

Mysterious Days

Call me "Lizard King." No...really. I insist.

Crazy Things Seem Normal, Normal Things Seem Crazy

1,400 Mexican Moz Fans Can't Be (Totally) Wrong

Viva Morrissey!

Chomp Chomp

The Amazing McNugget Diet

McDiculous

My Second-Favorite Canadian

The Karl Marx of the Hardwood

Deep Blue Something

That '70s Cruise

"Deep Sabbath"

In the Beginning, There Was Zoso

Not a Whole Lotta Love

Disposable Heroes

Band on the Couch

Unbuttoning the Hardest Button to Button

Garage Days Unvisited

The Ice Planet Goth

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Fitter, Happier

No More Knives

The American Radiohead

Ghost Story

Bowling for the Future (and Possibly Horse Carcasses)

Local Clairvoyants Split Over Future

But I Still Think "All for Leyna" Is Awesome

The Stranger

Someone Like You

Dude Rocks Like a Lady

Taking The Streets to the Music

Untitled Geezer Profile

Five Interesting Corpses

The Ratt Trap

How Real Is Real

The Tenth Beatle

Here's "Johnny" 207

Fargo Rock City, for Real

To Be Scene, or Not to Be Seen

Things That Might Be True

The Grizzly Hypothetical

Nemesis

The Transformation Hypothetical

Advancement

The Unknown Companion Hypothetical

I Do Not Hate the Olympics

The Dress Code Hypothetical

Three Stories Involving Pants

The Court of Public Opinion Hypothetical

Don't Look Back in Anger

The Brain Pill Hypothetical

Not Guilty

The Life Plagiarist Hypothetical

Cultural Betrayal

The Universal Morality Hypothetical

Monogamy

The Joe Six-Pack Hypothetical

Certain Rock Bands You Probably Like

The Hitler Theft Hypothetical

Pirates

The Robot War Hypothetical

Robots

The Cannibal's Quandary

Super People

The Apocalypse Hypothetical

Television

The General Tso's Hypothetical

Singularity

Something That Isn't True at All

You Tell Me

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743284882
Subtitle:
A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
Author:
Klosterman, Chuck
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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One of Klosterman's most "dangerous ideas" may be his assertion that Billy Joel is a fantastic songwriter, but, oddly enough, his profile on the singer is not only fascinating, it earned him the wrath of Mr. Joel himself. How ironic! And yet, perhaps not. Irony is Klosterman's stock-in-trade, and his ability to combine it with his insatiable enthusiasm and curiosity for the world of pop culture is a truly charming talent. Klosterman's collection of essays is a delight to read; his irrepressible style is both quirky and very funny.

"Review" by , "Klosterman's writing is funny and smart, if not so new or earth shattering, and that, after all, is pop culture."
"Synopsis" by , A bestselling pop culture guru and author of "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" takes a unique look at his career in journalism, in this collection of work that includes the legendary chicken McNuggets experiment and an uncensored profile of Britney Spears.
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