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Absolutely hilarious!

  • Jul 13, 2010
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Let me begin by saying that I absolutely adore this book. Chuck Klosterman is extremely sharp, sarcastic, and honest in this account of his observations on pop culture influence in his own life over the years.

This was actually my bathroom reading (as graphic as that may be, sorry), and I almost died laughing when I came upon a chapter that described him catching up on old Entertainment Weekly magazines while fighting a bout with the flu. Yeah, he's THAT honest.

But I don't want you to think the book is all toilet humor. He gets existential when he gets a little too mentally involved with his character in The Sims, who is an exact duplicate of himself. He also shares his strong feelings about sports, and how it's unfair that he's never known a serial killer.

If you're as ADD as this book is, and even if you're not, you'll be awed with how he can take any yarn of topic and spin it into an amazing, often times perturbed, tapestry. He remembers things, and small elements of these pop culture goodies that, when they spring back from the depths of my memory, seem even more amazing, and ridiculous than they were when they were first discovered.

My favorite bits are the interludes between chapters. Pick it up, you'll know what I mean.

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review by . June 30, 2010
            I chose to read this collection of essays after being in the same room while a friend read it. Every few minutes my friend would suddenly laugh. I was so intrigued that I read the book as soon as he stopped. While I did not have quite the same reaction, I will admit that there were moments when I, too, laughed audibly. I think that perhaps some of the potential humor was lost on me, simply because I either did not understand certain pop culture references, …
review by . July 14, 2010
Have you ever wondered WHY 'generation x' does what it does?  The television shows and the music and the fashion ... most of the time, I don't even understand.  And we never really can understand all of it, but Chuck Klosterman manages to navigate, with a minor stagger and a couple of rants, as he dives into popular culture with a observatory eye for irony.  Each chapter focuses on different aspects of (mostly) American society, from The Real World and identity crisis …
review by . June 22, 2010
With Klosterman, you know what you're getting, and that is a scathingly witty, reflective take on pop culture and our role in it. Some essays were more captivating than others, and for me, those were the ones that wove personal narrative in with research. I read this a long time ago so I don't remember titles, but I remember deeply enjoying the essay about The Real World. Klosterman is the king of irony, and it shines through in his prose. He's a writer that you can tell has fun with …
review by . July 05, 2010
   Chuck has a dirty mouth. And I love it. For a series of short essays and anecdotes about pop culture, this book is pretty smart (or at least thinks it is). It's pseudo-philosophy will make you reflect on current society and how our love for Pamela Anderson reflects on our morals and desires. I would recommend this reading to children of the 80's and early 90's, since that's where most of his "pop culture" references come from. Anyone younger or older might …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
absolutely hilarious. it's an easy read for a "non-reader". a good gateway book.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Highly influential on bridging pop culture and academic thought.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
It's as though future-male-me wrote a book. I like that.
review by . February 05, 2009
Are you looking for a witty and intelligent read to spend your rainy days with? Well, then I have the book for you. Chuck Klosterman says things that you've always been thinking in a way that makes you wish you'd thought to put it on paper before him. He gives you a clearer understanding from The Real World to John Cusack and relationships, plus there is a lot of hilarity in between . Chuck also writes for Esquire, and has been featured in Spin magazine. He's a self defined nerd, who has made good. …
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i do hair, and goof off. that pretty much sums it up. : )
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ISBN-10: 0743236017
ISBN-13: 978-0743236010
Author: Chuck Klosterman
Genre: Entertainment, Nonfiction
Publisher: Scribner (June 22, 2004)
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