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)
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.
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.
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