I didn’t enjoy the tone of the book. Its seems like he’s shaming certain parts of pop culture and sometimes makes a broad statement that’s only true of his generation and acts as if it’s a universal truth. The tones in which he does it seems more whiny than clever and funny and sometimes insulting to the reader. It is a book of essays that is personal opinion and not fact but it seemed to have a know it all feel to it which made it hard for me to relate and get through.
I've never heard of the author, the book was just a suggestion from a friend. I couldn't bear another minute of his self important blathering. ABOUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
The essays do a good job at rhetoric without intentionally trying to seem persuasive. It's is a philosophical reflection of societies strange habits, but it's written comically (or at least read to me). I like the authors POV in regarding life's events as we know it. He jumps into the agora of strange roommates, virtual mating, his hatred towards soccer, obsession with serial killers and cereal. It is definitely a book every college student should get their hands on. However, there does not seem to be a classical story - which makes it unique. They seem like a collection of memoirs that critique human existence... Good book - terrible cover.
Kloster seems to think that we are really interested in his opinion and/or his life. This is a self-indulgent quasi-biography of a wanna-be Woody Allen...
Not to mention the tone of his voice. After 30 minutes, I was so irritated by his voice, that I had to stop listening.
There are a FEW interesting parts but most of the book is very disjointed. Too many uninteresting personal rants and raves. There are much better choices.
This is the first book I have ever written a review for but I feel like I'm writting it for all the wrong reasons. Instead of sharing a passion for a new discovery I am posting a warning. Save your money and spend it on something worth listening to.
I've had this book recommended to me by several people and I have seen it featured on several blogs that I hold in high respects. However, this is the first book that I have not been able to complete. I only had one hour left when I just had to give up. It was tough enough to slog my way through Klosterman's essay on why the Celtic/Laker riverly but the pointless, disjointed, and contrived rant he followed up with about how sex and cereal are deeply interlocked was too painful too bear.
Don't waste your money on this dribble. There are plenty of other author, one's with coheirent points to make, that deserve your attention.
Also, all of the other reviews are correct. The author does sound like a high pitched version of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons, which isn't as funny as you think it would be. The publisher should have seriously considered hiring a professional reader.