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Eating the Dinosaur | [Chuck Klosterman]

Eating the Dinosaur

In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fan's inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. It's amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it's incredibly funny.
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Publisher's Summary

Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost 15 years. He's covered extreme metal, extreme nostalgia, disposable art, disposable heroes, life on the road, life through the television, urban uncertainty, and small-town weirdness. Through a variety of mediums and with a multitude of motives, he's written about everything he can think of (and a lot that he's forgotten). The world keeps accelerating, but the pop ideas keep coming.

In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fan's inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. It's amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it's incredibly funny.

©2009 Chuck Klosterman; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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    Jared Wake Forest, NC, United States 04-23-12
    Jared Wake Forest, NC, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the best Klosterman, but still pretty good"

    Eating the Dinosaur is worth the listen or read, but is not the best Klosterman book to start with. So if its your first, I would go with Killing yourself to Live. If you like pop culture, sports, or dry/witty humor you will probably like this.

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    Darby Markham, Ontario, Canada 03-06-12
    Darby Markham, Ontario, Canada 03-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Klosterman should write about Chuck Klosterman"

    Klosterman could probably be described as a cultural critic, but that just sounds like a way of saying that he writes about whatever the hell he feels like. The essays in this book seem to confirm this. More illuminating and interesting than hanging out with a stoner, but not far off from that experience.

    His place in the sphere of middlebrow criticism seems so unique that he is probably deserving of a Chuck Klosterman essay. If you like Klosterman's writings in Esquire or Grantland, you will probably enjoy this. If he annoys you, don't bother, this won't change your mind.

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    Matt West Mifflin, PA, United States 01-18-12
    Matt West Mifflin, PA, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Probably my favorite audio book so far"
    What did you love best about Eating the Dinosaur?

    I found this book by looking up Ira Glass in the Audible search engine, and I then found out Cuck Kosterman was part of bill simmon's grantland network. As I love both Simmons and This American Life, I figured I'd give this book a try. It turned out to be a great decision--this may be my favorite audio book so far. Klosterman is a strange mix of the two above mentioned fellows with a bit of gladwell. I think Klosterman's insights are more interesting than gladwell's and if you like his works, I'd think you'd like this book. I plan to read his entire canon.


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    Carla pearsall, tx, United States 01-08-11
    Carla pearsall, tx, United States 01-08-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    I usually like the odd books or movies. However, this book was just too out there for me. The Description of the book is right on, he just talks about everything. He's telling you about it though as if it were a thought happening in your mind. Just thinking about things and saying it. I thought it was way to vague and could never get into the book. You might like it if you like listening to some ones random thought process on the world. I won't say I don't like the book though because it just didn't interest me.

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    Doug Smith Ashland, NE USA 06-12-10
    Doug Smith Ashland, NE USA 06-12-10 Member Since 2013

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    "Self-absorbed Twaddle"

    I patiently waited for Klosterman to get beyond a streak of obsessive navel-gazing about his singularly uninteresting experiences. He never did.

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 12-21-09
    James Seattle, WA, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Ho Hum"

    I didn't quite grasp most of this book until Klosterman finally hit on a topic or two that I can identify with. And I consider myself pretty well versed and well read. Overall, not bad if you don't mind listening to a bunch of essays..... but I could have (should have) taken a pass on this one.

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