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

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Staff Pick

Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.
Recommended by Kim, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the kid who brought you Fargo Rock City — the first book in history to garner the praise of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo — comes Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs — the first book in history to examine breakfast cereal, reality television, tribute bands, Internet porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks.

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 and a seemingly effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter. Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane — usually all at once.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about movies, sports, television, music, books, video games, and kittens...but, really, it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'"

Review:

"Chuck Klosterman has the time and inclination to think through the issues that you didn't even know were issues. Laugh at him, or with him, or both...but you will laugh, dammit, you will laugh." Bob Odenkirk of "Mr. Show"

Review:

"[D]espite sparks of brilliance, [it] fails to cohere....[A] skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain....Remove all the dated pop culture analyses, and [it] has enough material for about half a really great memoir." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The funniest thing I've read in an ice age....Chuck Klosterman is a Gulliver among the cult-crit Lilliputians. America should wrap her freckled arms around Klosterman's scrawny neck and press him to her bosom. He may be the last true patriot among us." Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook

Review:

"[M]any of his long argumentative riffs...seem dated and unprovocative. The occasional piece rises above this minor-key white noise....Humorous, slick, aggressively forgettable." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"If reference-laden tautologies make you run away faster than you can say 'Dennis Miller,' get out your track shoes. Otherwise, this book is Hot Sheet. (Grade: A)" Evan Serpick, Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Klosterman proves he's a rarity among young pop commentators: He has both a thorough worldview and a way of expressing it without smugness, equivocation, or excessive complaint....[O]ne of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century." Noel Murray, Onion A.V. Club

Synopsis:

From the author of Fargo Rock City comes another hilarious and discerning take on popular culture, exploring everything from the crucial role of breakfast cereal to how John Cusack films destroy the modern meaning of love.

Synopsis:

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 and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don't even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane — usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but — really — it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'" Read to believe.

About the Author

Chuck Klosterman is the author of Fargo Rock City and a senior writer for SPIN magazine. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, and the Washington Post. He is six-foot-two and does not suffer from lycanthropy.

Table of Contents

Contents

1 This Is Emo

(carnivore interlude)

2 Billy Sim

(reality interlude)

3 What Happens When People Stop Being Polite

(Pat Benatar interlude)

4 Every Dog Must Have His Every Day, Every Drunk Must Have His Drink

(Monkees = Monkees interlude)

5 Appetite for Replication

(an interlude to be named later)

6 Ten Seconds to Love

(metaphorical fruit interlude)

7 George Will vs. Nick Hornby

(Ralph Nader interlude)

8 33

(Fonzie recalibration interlude)

9 Porn

("kitty cat as terrorist" interlude)

10 The Lady or the Tiger

(hypothetical interlude)

11 Being Zack Morris

(50-50 interlude)

12 Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth

(anti-homeless interlude)

13 The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise's Shattered, Troll-like Face

(punk interlude)

14 Toby over Moby

(Johnny Cash interlude)

15 This Is Zodiac Speaking

(Timothy McVeigh interlude)

16 All I Know Is What I Read in the Papers

(boom!)

17 I, Rock Chump

(waiting to die interlude)

18 How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

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jestewart06, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by jestewart06)
Hilarious and witty, Klosterman keeps you entertained. The varying short stories do not lack comedy no matter beginning, middle, or end.
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Lisa Brown, July 29, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa Brown)
i love, laugh, & agree with chuck klosterman about as often as i disagree with &/or feel marginalized by him, which is to say roughly 50% of the time. nevertheless, it's certainly enlightening to meet a republican hipster (if only in print), & he knows his way around a sentence. also, his understanding of print journalism is right on. read this. & if you don't get it, come find me.

please.

p.s. i primarily feel marginalized by him because he fails to grasp that much of the gen-x experience is equalled shared & embraced by gen-y.
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pumble, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by pumble)
The funniest, more enjoyable non-fiction you will ever read. Klosterman spans the world of pop culture hitting every interest and genre. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love at least one or two chapters of this incredible book. He manages to be effortlessly intellectually interesting and thought-provoking when contemplating the mountains of pop culture and shared experiences the US has had over the past couple decades. I've had to buy five copies of this book because I keep lending it out to friends and they never want to return it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743236010
Author:
Klosterman, Chuck
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
July 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.38 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.

"Review" by , "Chuck Klosterman has the time and inclination to think through the issues that you didn't even know were issues. Laugh at him, or with him, or both...but you will laugh, dammit, you will laugh."
"Review" by , "[D]espite sparks of brilliance, [it] fails to cohere....[A] skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain....Remove all the dated pop culture analyses, and [it] has enough material for about half a really great memoir."
"Review" by , "The funniest thing I've read in an ice age....Chuck Klosterman is a Gulliver among the cult-crit Lilliputians. America should wrap her freckled arms around Klosterman's scrawny neck and press him to her bosom. He may be the last true patriot among us."
"Review" by , "[M]any of his long argumentative riffs...seem dated and unprovocative. The occasional piece rises above this minor-key white noise....Humorous, slick, aggressively forgettable."
"Review" by , "If reference-laden tautologies make you run away faster than you can say 'Dennis Miller,' get out your track shoes. Otherwise, this book is Hot Sheet. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Klosterman proves he's a rarity among young pop commentators: He has both a thorough worldview and a way of expressing it without smugness, equivocation, or excessive complaint....[O]ne of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Fargo Rock City comes another hilarious and discerning take on popular culture, exploring everything from the crucial role of breakfast cereal to how John Cusack films destroy the modern meaning of love.
"Synopsis" by , 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 and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don't even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane — usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but — really — it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'" Read to believe.

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