Synopses & Reviews
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.'"
"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"
"[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
"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
"[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
"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
"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
The Washington PostMaddeningly smart and funny...[Klosterman's] good humor, compassion, and raw associative powers put him in the same league as Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, though he's a more tenacious critic than either.
San Francisco ChronicleThe reigning Kasparov of pop culture wits-matching.
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.
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
1 This Is Emo
2 Billy Sim
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)
(Fonzie recalibration interlude)
("kitty cat as terrorist" interlude)
10 The Lady or the Tiger
11 Being Zack Morris
12 Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth
13 The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise's Shattered, Troll-like Face
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
17 I, Rock Chump
(waiting to die interlude)
18 How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found