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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☁ Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto Author Chuck Klosterman – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin Countless writers and artists have spoken for and Cocoa PDF/EPUB ì a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of Sex, Drugs, eBook Ï unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges of which there is none And don t even get Drugs, and Cocoa ePUB ☆ him started on his love life and the whole Harry Met Sally situation Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he ll make you laugh, and he ll drive you insane usually all at once Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but really it s about us All of us As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, In and of itself, nothing really matters What matters is that nothing is ever in and of itself read to believe.


About the Author: Chuck Klosterman

Charles John Chuck Klosterman is an American and Cocoa PDF/EPUB ì pop culture journalist, critic, humorist, and essayist He was raised on a farm near Wyndmere, North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in After college he Sex, Drugs, eBook Ï was a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota and later an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in .



10 thoughts on “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

  1. Alegria Alegria says:

    I know I m supposed to be won over by Chuck Klosterman s supposedly keen and cutting insight into pop culture and therefore the modern human experience, but I really just felt like I was at a really dull party and cornered by some annoyingly pseudo intellectual guy whose sole enjoyment is to contradict and mock anything anyone says just to hear himself talk.


  2. Jen Padgett Bohle Jen Padgett Bohle says:

    Recommended for English majors who like to play deconstruction, hipsters who used to make mix tapes,anyone who knows of Lloyd Dobbler, guys who are really into music and didn t get laid until college, the girls who love them Forgive me for what I m about to do I m really not a complete curmudgeon, and I feel nefarious for the review I m about to give, mostly because everyone I know likes this book, but I simply can t promote all of these essays as refreshingly creative and brilliantly written Recommended for English majors who like to play deconstruction, hipsters who used to make mix tapes,anyone who knows of Lloyd Dobbler, guys who are really into music and didn t get laid until college, the girls who love them Forgive me for what I m about to do I m really not a complete curmudgeon, and I feel nefarious for the review I m about to give, mostly because everyone I know likes this book, but I simply can t promote all of these essays as refreshingly creative and brilliantly written pop culture analyses disregard this review with respect to Tracks the essays are tracks for the metaphorical mix CD Klosterman has created 2, 5 , 12, and 15 Klosterman is that witty and perspicacious guy in the Misfits Tee we all know from college who began dating around his sopho year when women realized he was smart and amusing and Klosterman himself attributes this to the Woody Allen MiaFarroworDianeKeaton paradigm But in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs he seems as if he still has to prove how hip, smart, and deserving of ladies and attention he really is There s a telling point when Klosterman is discussing country and alt country music see Toby Over Moby and chastises hipsters for their elitism and fickleness, but simultaneously, Klosterman name drops obscure little bands, and makes sure to let readers know what hallowed and respected hipster singers inhabit his CD shelf he has 17 Dylan and Phair albums, to be exact.Actually, there s no shortage of evidence about how hip, cool, and sensitive Kklosterman is This collection is his ode to his coolness, and it feels amateurish These are the essays we ve all virtually written after rounds of drinks at the local dive bar These are the musings of anyone who has ever had any knack or talent for deconstruction or charming, somewhat intellectual bullshit after overdosing on Mountain Dew and the equally empty calories of Teen dream television Klosterman chooses Saved By The Bell and MTV S first Real World here Klosterman s writing is problematic because many of these essays feel like they were written for a junior composition class although I have to admit, Klosterman would certainly be a favored student I can practically feel the teacher s notes on the pages Chuck, need to end with a WOW statement all the ending sentences are the mass produced Eng 300 variety concise, annoyingly clever, and they sort of pertain to something mentioned in the essay The good news These essays will resonate with you, overeducated hipster reader If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, then you will get these, and they will likely be the encapsulation of everything you and your drunkard Chuck Taylor wearing, irony branded, PBR drinking buddies discussed on the long walk home from the party I admit, Chuck Klosterman amused me, but mostly because he wrote down all the thoughts my friends and I used to discuss


  3. Mort Mort says:

    I am breaking my personal rule about not rating a book I haven t finished.This guy, whether he is playing a character or being himself, comes across as a pretentious prick who mistakes intellect for wisdom DNF threw in the towel at 30% wish I could get my time back, even if it was just to watch paint dryit would have beenproductive.


  4. Matt Matt says:

    this is exactly the kind of book so called hipsters cling to, namedrop, and reference when they gather together dressed in their bright eyes t shirts, black rimmed glasses, jeans, and chuck taylors you know the type, the i m cooler than you are because my tastes are better than yours you know who i m talking about good continue.what initially drove me to read this book was his opening essay in which chuck klosterman refers to coldplay as a facsimile of travis who was a facsimile of early this is exactly the kind of book so called hipsters cling to, namedrop, and reference when they gather together dressed in their bright eyes t shirts, black rimmed glasses, jeans, and chuck taylors you know the type, the i m cooler than you are because my tastes are better than yours you know who i m talking about good continue.what initially drove me to read this book was his opening essay in which chuck klosterman refers to coldplay as a facsimile of travis who was a facsimile of early period radiohead or some other band i don t remember i loathe coldplay, so that made me laugh i was hoping forof the same boy was i in for some disappointment.instead of some clever or comedic insight, we get pretty some pretty vapid analysis of saved by the bell, pornography, and well, i really don t remember what else that s the impact this book had on me klosterman just tries way too hard to extrapolate meaning and signficance out of the banal of subjects sorry, chuck, but saved by the bell was just a geeky, silly tv show for kids, nothing else don t read too much into it really don t sure, i get it that hipster wannabees like to discuss the cultural relevance of pop culture phenonmenons, but why aside from stroking the old ego does it really matter i guess it does for some people, but i ll never understand why i have to admit that sometimes klosterman does write the occassional zinger but he s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is but most of the time he comes off sounding like a poor man s douglas coupland, he who wrote the two definitive gen x novels, generation x, and microserfs one page of either of coupland s books shames any of klosterman s essays also, i don t know who served as his editor, but most of the essays, while occassionally interesting, where shambolic, rambling, poorly organized, and frustratingly unrealized klosterman would be well served to get himself an editor capable of keeping him on track and keeping him focused in the end this book a sometimes pleasant diversion from the rigors of everyday life, but it is little else it s not hip, it s not clever instead, justlike it s titular reference point, sex, drugs, and cocoapuffs, is a sugar coated book with little substance or nutritional value


  5. lauren lauren says:

    No woman will ever satisfy me I know that now, and I would never try to deny it But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either. Should I be writing such thoughts Perhaps not Perhaps it s a bad idea I can definitely foresee a scenario where that first paragraph could come back to haunt me, especially if I somehow became marginally famous If I become marginally famous, I will undoubtedly be interviewed by someone in the media, and the interviewer will inevitably ask, No woman will ever satisfy me I know that now, and I would never try to deny it But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either. Should I be writing such thoughts Perhaps not Perhaps it s a bad idea I can definitely foresee a scenario where that first paragraph could come back to haunt me, especially if I somehow became marginally famous If I become marginally famous, I will undoubtedly be interviewed by someone in the media, and the interviewer will inevitably ask, Fifteen years ago, you wrote that no woman could ever satisfy you Now that you ve been married for almost five years, are those words still true And I will have to say, Oh, God no Those were the words of an entirely different person a person whom I can t even relate to any Honestly, I can t image an existence without _____ She satisfies me in ways that I never even considered She saved my life, really. Now, I will be lying I won t really feel that way But I ll certainly say those words, and I ll deliver them with the utmost sincerity, even though those sentiments will not be there So then the interviewer will undoubtedly quote lines from this particular paragraph, thereby reminding me that I swore I would publicly deny my true feelings, and I ll chuckle and say, Come on, Mr Rose That was a literary device You know I never really believed thatBut here s the thing I do believe that It s the truth now, and it will be in the future And while I m not exactly happy about that truth, it doesn t make me sad, either I know it s not my fault. It s no one s fault, really Or maybe it s everyone s fault It should be everyone s fault, because it s everyone s problem Well, okaynot everyone Not boring people, and not the profoundly retarded But whenever I meet dynamic, nonretarded Americans, I notice that they all seem to share a single unifying characteristic the inability to experience the kind of mind blowing, transcendent romantic relationship they perceive to be a normal part of living And someone needs to take the fall for this So instead of blaming no one for this which is kind of cowardly or blaming everyone which is kind of meaningless , I m going to blame John Cusack. I remember taking a course in college called Communication and Society, and my professor was obsessed by the belief that fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood were evil She said they were part of a latent social code that hoped to suppress women and minorities At the time, I was mildly outraged that my tuition money was supporting this kind of crap years later, I have come to recall those pseudo savvy lectures as what I loved about college But I still think they were probably wasteful, and here s why Even if those theories are true, they re barely significant The Three Little Pigs is not the story that is fucking people up Stories like Say Anything are fucking people up We don t need to worry about people unconsciously absorbing archaic secret messages when they re six years old we need to worry about all the entertaining messages people are consciously accepting when they re twenty six They re the ones that get us, because they re the ones we try to turn into life I mean, Christ I wish I could believe that bozo in Coldplay when he tells me that stars are yellow I miss that girl I wish I was Lloyd Dobler I don t want anybody to step on a piece of broken glass I want fake love But that s all I want, and that s why I can t have it. wow i read this in a blog and immediately went out and bought the book i loved it all as much as i loved this


  6. Antisocialite Antisocialite says:

    If I met Chuck Klosterman, I would probably end up attempting to pick a fistfight with him I say attempting because I don t know whether he hits girls And I say probably because, for all I know, he may be far less infuriating in person than he is in print.A lot of space in this book is aimed at mocking the pretensions of people who, I admit, sound an awful lot like me decently educated, irony clad, pop culture obsessed twentysomethings who deride popular country music and remember Jessie If I met Chuck Klosterman, I would probably end up attempting to pick a fistfight with him I say attempting because I don t know whether he hits girls And I say probably because, for all I know, he may be far less infuriating in person than he is in print.A lot of space in this book is aimed at mocking the pretensions of people who, I admit, sound an awful lot like me decently educated, irony clad, pop culture obsessed twentysomethings who deride popular country music and remember Jessie Spano s dramatic struggle with caffeine addiction.Maybe I m a little touchy about being mocked Especially since Klosterman goes to great lengths to include plenty of self mockery I guess what I find grating in his form of judgment is the way his conceits are flouted as endearing quirks, while those he does not possess are somehow extrapolated into indications of deep character flaws assuming anyone so shallow could be anything deep I m sorry if my intense dislike of Toby Keith makes me an unforgivable cultural elitist, but I think his jingoistic, truck commercial friendly output is unlistenable crap But back to getting into a fistfight with Chuck Klosterman The thing is, I really enjoyed reading this book, despite intensely disagreeing with much of it And perhaps because of it I think I would be willing to trade in my imaginary fistfight for a solid argument over a few beers It says something that this book made me evaluate my views, and, as a bonus, was so well written that I not only actually read the chapters about sports, I enjoyed them It scared me a little


  7. Jackie "the Librarian" Jackie "the Librarian" says:

    I found myself arguing with Chuck Klosterman a lot as I read these extremely entertaining essays He likes to take a premise and run with it, and you find yourself going along for the ride, only to realize at the end that you don t agree with what he just said Girls love the false romanticism of Coldplay, and that ruins relationships in the real world Hahahahaha Uh, wait really It was when I got to his essay on journalism that I realized his essays followed the pattern he outlines there I found myself arguing with Chuck Klosterman a lot as I read these extremely entertaining essays He likes to take a premise and run with it, and you find yourself going along for the ride, only to realize at the end that you don t agree with what he just said Girls love the false romanticism of Coldplay, and that ruins relationships in the real world Hahahahaha Uh, wait really It was when I got to his essay on journalism that I realized his essays followed the pattern he outlines there get a starting idea, and build your story from there, without additional quotes or research, because there s no time for it And sure, informing his reader is not the point, he s not trying to be Malcolm Gladwell, he s trying to be ironic and amusing, and succeeding And why not, if you can write as humorously as Chuck does about The Real World , ironically hip t shirts, the popularity of country music, or mix tapes and John Cusack This was my first Klosterman book, and I enjoyed it a lot, although it was a little strange to read this right after having just read David Foster Wallace s Consider the Lobster And Other Essays I kept wondering where all the footnotes had gone


  8. Kurt Kurt says:

    I have recently had a hunger for the genre of smart people writing about stupid things, and this book is my new favorite example While Klosterman may not deserve to be considered a subversive genius, he is a very smart person writing very good analysis of very shallow things, and I love it This collection of essays includes a comparison of Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe to examine the way our cultural attitudes toward sex have changed nothing groundbreaking, but the essay is earnest and I have recently had a hunger for the genre of smart people writing about stupid things, and this book is my new favorite example While Klosterman may not deserve to be considered a subversive genius, he is a very smart person writing very good analysis of very shallow things, and I love it This collection of essays includes a comparison of Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe to examine the way our cultural attitudes toward sex have changed nothing groundbreaking, but the essay is earnest and respectful, even as it touches on the pornographic , a reflection on the way The Real World has altered how young people see their real life social groupings, a story of the author s time coaching Little League that made me laugh out loud to the point where I had to stop reading for a while, andThere is a traditionally journalistic portrait of a Guns N Roses cover band, which delves into what the cover band phenomenon says about music and our society, and one of the only respectable analyses of Saved By The Bell that I have ever read it doesn t pretend that the show was good, or entertaining, or coherent it just looks at the various pieces and how they fit together in a way that considered what fans wanted needed There is also a haunting little essay about the cultural impact of serial killers, filled with impressive interviews and some soul baring on the part of Klosterman I even liked the essays about sports, although my eyes glazed over while I skimmed through the sections with way too much detail about a topic I loathe.Certainly, this collection is not going to change your life For all of its sophistication and energy, it s still a bunch of thoughts about shallow subjects But they re terrific thoughts, and you should read them I have already bought copies of twocollections of Klosterman s essays because I loved these so much


  9. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs A Low Culture Manifesto is a collection of essays by Chuck Klosterman It s also one of the rare books I m not really sure how to review or even rate.Chuck s essays cover such diverse topics as how the movies and TV are giving people unrealistic expectations about life and love, serial killers, the relationship between Reality Bites and The Empire Strikes Back, and that weird half season of Saved by the Bell that had that leather jacket wearing girl instead of Kelly Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs A Low Culture Manifesto is a collection of essays by Chuck Klosterman It s also one of the rare books I m not really sure how to review or even rate.Chuck s essays cover such diverse topics as how the movies and TV are giving people unrealistic expectations about life and love, serial killers, the relationship between Reality Bites and The Empire Strikes Back, and that weird half season of Saved by the Bell that had that leather jacket wearing girl instead of Kelly and Jessie.All of the essays within are peppered with Klosterman s insights and observations Some of them are hilarious, like all women being in love with John Cusack and how the Lakers vs The Celtics was really different social strata of Americans Others feel a little too self important to me and therefore aren t as enjoyable, kind of like watching an interview with Quentin Tarantino and enjoying his movies slightly less the next time you watch them.The back cover of my edition mentions Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, and I can understand the comparisons, but I ve read a few books by comedians over the years and that s what this book reminds me of the most Throw in a few What is the deal with s and you ve got Seinlanguage.That s about all I have to say I liked it but if I was at the same party as Klosterman, I d probably avoid him and hang out near the food and booze I ll guess I ll give it a 3, the traditional safety rating


  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    as i just said in an email to james i knocked out sex drugs and cocoa puffs by chuck klosterman in a few hours last night, and i gotta tell you, i fear for the world when i think of how many kids i know list this book or its author as an all time favorite on facebook this guy is a turd, and people are clearly confusing his wit with intellect.so yeah.frustratingly surface, misogynistic, hipster cynicism b.s if you ask me.


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10 thoughts on “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

  1. Alegria Alegria says:

    I know I m supposed to be won over by Chuck Klosterman s supposedly keen and cutting insight into pop culture and therefore the modern human experience, but I really just felt like I was at a really dull party and cornered by some annoyingly pseudo intellectual guy whose sole enjoyment is to contradict and mock anything anyone says just to hear himself talk.

  2. Jen Padgett Bohle Jen Padgett Bohle says:

    Recommended for English majors who like to play deconstruction, hipsters who used to make mix tapes,anyone who knows of Lloyd Dobbler, guys who are really into music and didn t get laid until college, the girls who love them Forgive me for what I m about to do I m really not a complete curmudgeon, and I feel nefarious for the review I m about to give, mostly because everyone I know likes this book, but I simply can t promote all of these essays as refreshingly creative and brilliantly written Recommended for English majors who like to play deconstruction, hipsters who used to make mix tapes,anyone who knows of Lloyd Dobbler, guys who are really into music and didn t get laid until college, the girls who love them Forgive me for what I m about to do I m really not a complete curmudgeon, and I feel nefarious for the review I m about to give, mostly because everyone I know likes this book, but I simply can t promote all of these essays as refreshingly creative and brilliantly written pop culture analyses disregard this review with respect to Tracks the essays are tracks for the metaphorical mix CD Klosterman has created 2, 5 , 12, and 15 Klosterman is that witty and perspicacious guy in the Misfits Tee we all know from college who began dating around his sopho year when women realized he was smart and amusing and Klosterman himself attributes this to the Woody Allen MiaFarroworDianeKeaton paradigm But in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs he seems as if he still has to prove how hip, smart, and deserving of ladies and attention he really is There s a telling point when Klosterman is discussing country and alt country music see Toby Over Moby and chastises hipsters for their elitism and fickleness, but simultaneously, Klosterman name drops obscure little bands, and makes sure to let readers know what hallowed and respected hipster singers inhabit his CD shelf he has 17 Dylan and Phair albums, to be exact.Actually, there s no shortage of evidence about how hip, cool, and sensitive Kklosterman is This collection is his ode to his coolness, and it feels amateurish These are the essays we ve all virtually written after rounds of drinks at the local dive bar These are the musings of anyone who has ever had any knack or talent for deconstruction or charming, somewhat intellectual bullshit after overdosing on Mountain Dew and the equally empty calories of Teen dream television Klosterman chooses Saved By The Bell and MTV S first Real World here Klosterman s writing is problematic because many of these essays feel like they were written for a junior composition class although I have to admit, Klosterman would certainly be a favored student I can practically feel the teacher s notes on the pages Chuck, need to end with a WOW statement all the ending sentences are the mass produced Eng 300 variety concise, annoyingly clever, and they sort of pertain to something mentioned in the essay The good news These essays will resonate with you, overeducated hipster reader If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, then you will get these, and they will likely be the encapsulation of everything you and your drunkard Chuck Taylor wearing, irony branded, PBR drinking buddies discussed on the long walk home from the party I admit, Chuck Klosterman amused me, but mostly because he wrote down all the thoughts my friends and I used to discuss

  3. Mort Mort says:

    I am breaking my personal rule about not rating a book I haven t finished.This guy, whether he is playing a character or being himself, comes across as a pretentious prick who mistakes intellect for wisdom DNF threw in the towel at 30% wish I could get my time back, even if it was just to watch paint dryit would have beenproductive.

  4. Matt Matt says:

    this is exactly the kind of book so called hipsters cling to, namedrop, and reference when they gather together dressed in their bright eyes t shirts, black rimmed glasses, jeans, and chuck taylors you know the type, the i m cooler than you are because my tastes are better than yours you know who i m talking about good continue.what initially drove me to read this book was his opening essay in which chuck klosterman refers to coldplay as a facsimile of travis who was a facsimile of early this is exactly the kind of book so called hipsters cling to, namedrop, and reference when they gather together dressed in their bright eyes t shirts, black rimmed glasses, jeans, and chuck taylors you know the type, the i m cooler than you are because my tastes are better than yours you know who i m talking about good continue.what initially drove me to read this book was his opening essay in which chuck klosterman refers to coldplay as a facsimile of travis who was a facsimile of early period radiohead or some other band i don t remember i loathe coldplay, so that made me laugh i was hoping forof the same boy was i in for some disappointment.instead of some clever or comedic insight, we get pretty some pretty vapid analysis of saved by the bell, pornography, and well, i really don t remember what else that s the impact this book had on me klosterman just tries way too hard to extrapolate meaning and signficance out of the banal of subjects sorry, chuck, but saved by the bell was just a geeky, silly tv show for kids, nothing else don t read too much into it really don t sure, i get it that hipster wannabees like to discuss the cultural relevance of pop culture phenonmenons, but why aside from stroking the old ego does it really matter i guess it does for some people, but i ll never understand why i have to admit that sometimes klosterman does write the occassional zinger but he s not nearly as funny as he thinks he is but most of the time he comes off sounding like a poor man s douglas coupland, he who wrote the two definitive gen x novels, generation x, and microserfs one page of either of coupland s books shames any of klosterman s essays also, i don t know who served as his editor, but most of the essays, while occassionally interesting, where shambolic, rambling, poorly organized, and frustratingly unrealized klosterman would be well served to get himself an editor capable of keeping him on track and keeping him focused in the end this book a sometimes pleasant diversion from the rigors of everyday life, but it is little else it s not hip, it s not clever instead, justlike it s titular reference point, sex, drugs, and cocoapuffs, is a sugar coated book with little substance or nutritional value

  5. lauren lauren says:

    No woman will ever satisfy me I know that now, and I would never try to deny it But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either. Should I be writing such thoughts Perhaps not Perhaps it s a bad idea I can definitely foresee a scenario where that first paragraph could come back to haunt me, especially if I somehow became marginally famous If I become marginally famous, I will undoubtedly be interviewed by someone in the media, and the interviewer will inevitably ask, No woman will ever satisfy me I know that now, and I would never try to deny it But this is actually okay, because I will never satisfy a woman, either. Should I be writing such thoughts Perhaps not Perhaps it s a bad idea I can definitely foresee a scenario where that first paragraph could come back to haunt me, especially if I somehow became marginally famous If I become marginally famous, I will undoubtedly be interviewed by someone in the media, and the interviewer will inevitably ask, Fifteen years ago, you wrote that no woman could ever satisfy you Now that you ve been married for almost five years, are those words still true And I will have to say, Oh, God no Those were the words of an entirely different person a person whom I can t even relate to any Honestly, I can t image an existence without _____ She satisfies me in ways that I never even considered She saved my life, really. Now, I will be lying I won t really feel that way But I ll certainly say those words, and I ll deliver them with the utmost sincerity, even though those sentiments will not be there So then the interviewer will undoubtedly quote lines from this particular paragraph, thereby reminding me that I swore I would publicly deny my true feelings, and I ll chuckle and say, Come on, Mr Rose That was a literary device You know I never really believed thatBut here s the thing I do believe that It s the truth now, and it will be in the future And while I m not exactly happy about that truth, it doesn t make me sad, either I know it s not my fault. It s no one s fault, really Or maybe it s everyone s fault It should be everyone s fault, because it s everyone s problem Well, okaynot everyone Not boring people, and not the profoundly retarded But whenever I meet dynamic, nonretarded Americans, I notice that they all seem to share a single unifying characteristic the inability to experience the kind of mind blowing, transcendent romantic relationship they perceive to be a normal part of living And someone needs to take the fall for this So instead of blaming no one for this which is kind of cowardly or blaming everyone which is kind of meaningless , I m going to blame John Cusack. I remember taking a course in college called Communication and Society, and my professor was obsessed by the belief that fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood were evil She said they were part of a latent social code that hoped to suppress women and minorities At the time, I was mildly outraged that my tuition money was supporting this kind of crap years later, I have come to recall those pseudo savvy lectures as what I loved about college But I still think they were probably wasteful, and here s why Even if those theories are true, they re barely significant The Three Little Pigs is not the story that is fucking people up Stories like Say Anything are fucking people up We don t need to worry about people unconsciously absorbing archaic secret messages when they re six years old we need to worry about all the entertaining messages people are consciously accepting when they re twenty six They re the ones that get us, because they re the ones we try to turn into life I mean, Christ I wish I could believe that bozo in Coldplay when he tells me that stars are yellow I miss that girl I wish I was Lloyd Dobler I don t want anybody to step on a piece of broken glass I want fake love But that s all I want, and that s why I can t have it. wow i read this in a blog and immediately went out and bought the book i loved it all as much as i loved this

  6. Antisocialite Antisocialite says:

    If I met Chuck Klosterman, I would probably end up attempting to pick a fistfight with him I say attempting because I don t know whether he hits girls And I say probably because, for all I know, he may be far less infuriating in person than he is in print.A lot of space in this book is aimed at mocking the pretensions of people who, I admit, sound an awful lot like me decently educated, irony clad, pop culture obsessed twentysomethings who deride popular country music and remember Jessie If I met Chuck Klosterman, I would probably end up attempting to pick a fistfight with him I say attempting because I don t know whether he hits girls And I say probably because, for all I know, he may be far less infuriating in person than he is in print.A lot of space in this book is aimed at mocking the pretensions of people who, I admit, sound an awful lot like me decently educated, irony clad, pop culture obsessed twentysomethings who deride popular country music and remember Jessie Spano s dramatic struggle with caffeine addiction.Maybe I m a little touchy about being mocked Especially since Klosterman goes to great lengths to include plenty of self mockery I guess what I find grating in his form of judgment is the way his conceits are flouted as endearing quirks, while those he does not possess are somehow extrapolated into indications of deep character flaws assuming anyone so shallow could be anything deep I m sorry if my intense dislike of Toby Keith makes me an unforgivable cultural elitist, but I think his jingoistic, truck commercial friendly output is unlistenable crap But back to getting into a fistfight with Chuck Klosterman The thing is, I really enjoyed reading this book, despite intensely disagreeing with much of it And perhaps because of it I think I would be willing to trade in my imaginary fistfight for a solid argument over a few beers It says something that this book made me evaluate my views, and, as a bonus, was so well written that I not only actually read the chapters about sports, I enjoyed them It scared me a little

  7. Jackie "the Librarian" Jackie "the Librarian" says:

    I found myself arguing with Chuck Klosterman a lot as I read these extremely entertaining essays He likes to take a premise and run with it, and you find yourself going along for the ride, only to realize at the end that you don t agree with what he just said Girls love the false romanticism of Coldplay, and that ruins relationships in the real world Hahahahaha Uh, wait really It was when I got to his essay on journalism that I realized his essays followed the pattern he outlines there I found myself arguing with Chuck Klosterman a lot as I read these extremely entertaining essays He likes to take a premise and run with it, and you find yourself going along for the ride, only to realize at the end that you don t agree with what he just said Girls love the false romanticism of Coldplay, and that ruins relationships in the real world Hahahahaha Uh, wait really It was when I got to his essay on journalism that I realized his essays followed the pattern he outlines there get a starting idea, and build your story from there, without additional quotes or research, because there s no time for it And sure, informing his reader is not the point, he s not trying to be Malcolm Gladwell, he s trying to be ironic and amusing, and succeeding And why not, if you can write as humorously as Chuck does about The Real World , ironically hip t shirts, the popularity of country music, or mix tapes and John Cusack This was my first Klosterman book, and I enjoyed it a lot, although it was a little strange to read this right after having just read David Foster Wallace s Consider the Lobster And Other Essays I kept wondering where all the footnotes had gone

  8. Kurt Kurt says:

    I have recently had a hunger for the genre of smart people writing about stupid things, and this book is my new favorite example While Klosterman may not deserve to be considered a subversive genius, he is a very smart person writing very good analysis of very shallow things, and I love it This collection of essays includes a comparison of Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe to examine the way our cultural attitudes toward sex have changed nothing groundbreaking, but the essay is earnest and I have recently had a hunger for the genre of smart people writing about stupid things, and this book is my new favorite example While Klosterman may not deserve to be considered a subversive genius, he is a very smart person writing very good analysis of very shallow things, and I love it This collection of essays includes a comparison of Pamela Anderson and Marilyn Monroe to examine the way our cultural attitudes toward sex have changed nothing groundbreaking, but the essay is earnest and respectful, even as it touches on the pornographic , a reflection on the way The Real World has altered how young people see their real life social groupings, a story of the author s time coaching Little League that made me laugh out loud to the point where I had to stop reading for a while, andThere is a traditionally journalistic portrait of a Guns N Roses cover band, which delves into what the cover band phenomenon says about music and our society, and one of the only respectable analyses of Saved By The Bell that I have ever read it doesn t pretend that the show was good, or entertaining, or coherent it just looks at the various pieces and how they fit together in a way that considered what fans wanted needed There is also a haunting little essay about the cultural impact of serial killers, filled with impressive interviews and some soul baring on the part of Klosterman I even liked the essays about sports, although my eyes glazed over while I skimmed through the sections with way too much detail about a topic I loathe.Certainly, this collection is not going to change your life For all of its sophistication and energy, it s still a bunch of thoughts about shallow subjects But they re terrific thoughts, and you should read them I have already bought copies of twocollections of Klosterman s essays because I loved these so much

  9. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs A Low Culture Manifesto is a collection of essays by Chuck Klosterman It s also one of the rare books I m not really sure how to review or even rate.Chuck s essays cover such diverse topics as how the movies and TV are giving people unrealistic expectations about life and love, serial killers, the relationship between Reality Bites and The Empire Strikes Back, and that weird half season of Saved by the Bell that had that leather jacket wearing girl instead of Kelly Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs A Low Culture Manifesto is a collection of essays by Chuck Klosterman It s also one of the rare books I m not really sure how to review or even rate.Chuck s essays cover such diverse topics as how the movies and TV are giving people unrealistic expectations about life and love, serial killers, the relationship between Reality Bites and The Empire Strikes Back, and that weird half season of Saved by the Bell that had that leather jacket wearing girl instead of Kelly and Jessie.All of the essays within are peppered with Klosterman s insights and observations Some of them are hilarious, like all women being in love with John Cusack and how the Lakers vs The Celtics was really different social strata of Americans Others feel a little too self important to me and therefore aren t as enjoyable, kind of like watching an interview with Quentin Tarantino and enjoying his movies slightly less the next time you watch them.The back cover of my edition mentions Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, and I can understand the comparisons, but I ve read a few books by comedians over the years and that s what this book reminds me of the most Throw in a few What is the deal with s and you ve got Seinlanguage.That s about all I have to say I liked it but if I was at the same party as Klosterman, I d probably avoid him and hang out near the food and booze I ll guess I ll give it a 3, the traditional safety rating

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    as i just said in an email to james i knocked out sex drugs and cocoa puffs by chuck klosterman in a few hours last night, and i gotta tell you, i fear for the world when i think of how many kids i know list this book or its author as an all time favorite on facebook this guy is a turd, and people are clearly confusing his wit with intellect.so yeah.frustratingly surface, misogynistic, hipster cynicism b.s if you ask me.

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