Chuck Klosterman IV consists of three parts:
THINGS THAT ARE TRUE
Profiles and trend stories: Britney Spears, Val Kilmer, McDonalds, '70s rock band nostalgia cruises. With new introductions and asides.
THINGS THAT MIGHT BE TRUE
Opinions and theories on everything from monogamy to guilt, and (of course) Advancement, with new hypothetical questions and asides.
SOMETHING THAT ISN'T TRUE AT ALL
This is new fiction. There's an introduction, but no asides. Well, there's an aside in the introduction, but none in the story.
©2003, 2004 Chuck Klosterman. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"One of America's top cultural critics." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Mr. Klosterman makes good, smart company." (The New York Times)
"He's perfect junk food for the soul." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"The reigning Kasparov of pop culture wits-matching." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Klosterman is like the new Hunter S. Thompson." (People)
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
Chuck Klosterman has quickly become one of my new favorite authors still currently doing work today. He ranks among the best. I especially recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of David Sedaris. Similar in many ways but Klosterman has a special charm to his writing that you can't find anywhere else.
I enjoy this guy. He is charming is an acerbic kind of way. He keeps me engaged and often entertained, like a literary Howard Stern or a drunken David Sedaris. The fact that he read this himself makes this work (and also contributes to his own self-obsession). The ending story, though, really takes an odd turn, and not because of the one in a billion event that fictionally happens to him. Usually he reports on a fringe lifestyle or waxes on the virtues of some brainless celebrity, but here he shows us this life that I took to be basically his own-- and it is ugly and dispiriting. It was much like being forced to watch the sex tape of Dustin Diamond, better known as "Screech" from Saved by the Bell (a favorite of his).
Still, he is fun. Just perhaps start with "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs" to fully understand his charrm first before you try to injest some of the discussion here.
Chuck's insights and observations are genius (probably an overused descriptor of Chuck's questions and stories) and I found myself LOL without just texting the letters and pondering my own self -actualization -
I have never read another author quite like him and this having been the 4th of Chuck's books I have read I need to read the rest of his collection--adding to my bucket list is meeting Chuck for beers and various libations in Brooklyn to discuss contemporary issues that may or may not be important to people born after 1967-- and his description of Van Halen was spot-on having grown up through their tenure as Rock royalty I will now forever measure future songs against the the mediocre and middle-of-the-road "And the cradle will Rock" yet I consider Fair Warning their Opus (although Little Guitars is my favorite song) in the same vein as Outlandos d'Amour by The Police and Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin--bands measured by their best album create those bar arguments that have not been eliminated by Smartphones and Google--I can't choose a Beatles album that is the best so don't fucking comment on this post with that arguement--yes the Beatles are the best of all time--However-- I am not in the position now to choose from Sergeant Pepper or Abby Road--
This may be the worst paragraph ever written--but I stand behind it
The common thread between excerpts is not as clear as his other titles which I very much enjoyed. The last short story which lasted for about 20% of the book was completely out of left field and could have been left off. I recommend going with his later texts if you are a fan of the former BS report guest (RIP BS Report)
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