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Eating the Dinosaur MOBI ô Eating the MOBI :Þ

Eating the Dinosaur ❧ [KINDLE] ❀ Eating the Dinosaur By Chuck Klosterman ➠ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen years He s covered extreme metal, extreme nostalgia, disposable art, disposable heroes, life on the road, life through t Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen years He s covered extreme metal, extreme nostalgia, disposable art, disposable heroes, life on the road, Eating the MOBI :Þ 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 comingIn Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is entertaining and incisive than ever Whether he s dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fans 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.


10 thoughts on “Eating the Dinosaur

  1. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    Ok, I ve read every book Klosterman has written and I m going to outline what I think was running through his mind when he wrote the excellent Eating The Dinosaur 1 You know, if oneperson asks me if I still watch The Real World or know that Screech was in a porno, I m going to scream No, I probably won t scream I m from North Dakota, a courteous locale, so I will not scream I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.2 I m g Ok, I ve read every book Klosterman has written and I m going to outline what I think was running through his mind when he wrote the excellent Eating The Dinosaur 1 You know, if oneperson asks me if I still watch The Real World or know that Screech was in a porno, I m going to scream No, I probably won t scream I m from North Dakota, a courteous locale, so I will not scream I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.2 I m glad I don t have a real job Some of my former basketball teammates back near Grand Forks are stuck in factories or the family farms, and we know how those industries are doing although North Dakota has weathered the economic hard times better than people might expect Still, it s not like I sit around on my ass and watch syndicated television until inspiration hits I need drugs, too No, no, kidding If everybody thinks writing like me is so easy, why doesn t everyone write like me and get famous I m not afraid of any of the bloggers or goodreads reviewers I did my time and honed my craft But I writea lot, under deadline, interviewing people about whom I don t care much, anything to get another article in Spin or Esquire.3 Ok, that s not true any I used to whore myself out to magazines indiscriminately but after Downtown Owl and all the speaker fees I m doing ok financially and don t have to write another profile of the semiotics of old television shows if I don t want to do so Still, I probably should This gravy train might not run forever.4 I know I shouldn t care that people think my job is easy but sometimes those people bug me However, once I m bugged, I can own the fact I m bugged, shrug off the jealousy, go for a run, and stay humble I know I m crazy lucky to do what I do I mean, I work hard but I know I m lucky.5 I m married now I should start acting like a grown up The hipster kids have already disowned me and re owned me about seventeen times I m too old for this shit.6 I write better than people expect, mostly from practice, and I ve got good editors.7 In turn, I m going to write an excellent book according to at least one GR reviewer with thoughtful, top notch essays about subjects like how Pepsi and Obama are linked and the similarities between Kurt Cobain and David Koresh I will also write about football and Abba These essays will be better researched than some of my previous work but retain the dizzying logic and you thought X was this but we know it s really Y and if we re honest with ourselves we ll acknowledge X is Y and we probably do acknowledge X is Y covertly so everyone knows but we pretend X is Y but says X is X rhetoric I m not stupid I know what works But I don t want to sound like I m arguing in a bar at 4 in the morning any I m, like, your cousin s husband at your sister s graduation now I m kind of interesting, I guess, and I m a decent listener, but the kids don t take me seriously.8 The final essay, on the Unabomber, will be the best essay I ve ever written Maybe Klosterman didn t think any of that I don t know Maybe he plays the stock market and smokes cigars between donations to the NRA Maybe he campaigned for Al Franken and has a secret crush on Rachel Maddow I don t care Eating the Dinosaur is the work of a smart, perceptive man with an loyal audience, a generally optimistic disposition, and years of experience at the keyboard I know he makes it look easy but I doubt writing like Klosterman is as easy as one might think If you re a Klosterman fan you ll love Eating the Dinosaur If you don t like Klosterman you still might at least, upon reading these essays, fail to hate them I m glad Klosterman exists and I m uncool enough to dig his work And that makes me cool X equals Y Everybody knows it


  2. christa christa says:

    Here s a confession I did not read Chuck Klosterman s entire book Eating the Dinosaur This slighting came with his permission, nay, his insistence Klosterman busts through the fourth wall in his essay about football to suggest that if you aren t into football, you can jump this chapter I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA And if a reader hangs around a bit longer, thinking, perhaps, Meh Who cares He ll probably say something about Britny Spears in Here s a confession I did not read Chuck Klosterman s entire book Eating the Dinosaur This slighting came with his permission, nay, his insistence Klosterman busts through the fourth wall in his essay about football to suggest that if you aren t into football, you can jump this chapter I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA And if a reader hangs around a bit longer, thinking, perhaps, Meh Who cares He ll probably say something about Britny Spears in here somewhere, he stops the bus and holds open the door once again If you d still rather get to the shit about ABBA, you should go there now Friends, I went to the ABBA.Klosterman s most recent compilation of essays includes comparisons between David Koresh and Kurt Cobain, the mislaid career of a once great athlete, and why observing his longtime neighbor through her window was never really interesting He talks about why Weezer fans never appreciate Weezer albums, Twitter, and the Unibomber It is all done with Klosterman s patented template He seems to randomly draws two topics out of a hat, finds a way to weave them together, then throws in an opinion on why an intelligent, shape shifting metal isbelievable in Terminator than time travel This book is fine There is not a lot that differs from any of his other books post Fargo Rock City including the ones that are fiction or first cousins of fiction Sometimes this is fine It s like always ordering the wild rice burger and beer battered fries from the Brewhouse It tastes good, but it doesn t come with a hell of a lot of suprises Sometimes it feels like Klosterman could besomething Funny is one word that comes to mind Spontaneous is another This is what it is like to read one of Chuck Klosterman s compilations of nonfiction essays It is like being on vacation in a small town in a weird state and seeing some guy wearing a T shirt with the name of your favorite dive bar printed on the front It s like Oh You ve been to Dick s Crab Shack We go there all the time Except in this metaphor, the T shirt is Klosterman s pop culture references There you are in a mess of words that may or may not interest you and he mentions something you like or remember liking Saved by the Bell, or WKRP in Cincinnati So you nod and keep reading At one point while I was reading this book, Klosterman mentioned Matt Dillon and the band Was Not Was although this has noting to do with the title within a few pages of each other Both of these topics had come up in a conversation I d had with my boyfriend earlier in the day I can t tell if this means we are all psychically linked, or if it just means that Klosterman talks about everything in the world at least once


  3. Derek Wolfgram Derek Wolfgram says:

    Meh I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman s books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that is published Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing I ll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here Eating the Dinosaur reminds m Meh I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman s books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that is published Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing I ll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here Eating the Dinosaur reminds me of what I ve read about the last few years of Lenny Bruce s life Razor sharp wit degenerated into whiny self absorption and self reference While the occasional glimpse of genius was still visible, the overall impression of his rants was that they were just plain boring and sad While Klosterman is still pretty upbeat, he still writes too much about the phenomenon of Chuck Klosterman and What Chuck Klosterman Means and Why That Is Important He doesn t take anything else seriously, which is what used to make him fun to read if he could stop taking himself so seriously, I d enjoy his writing a lot


  4. James James says:

    I have had a longstanding love like relationship with Chuck Klosterman Most of the time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces.But Eating the Dinosaur has, somehow, taken large parts of my brain and by this I mean not only or simply objects and topics that inhabit my brain, but THE WAYS I THINK ABOUT THEM and made them plain, in language that not only replicates my own cadences and ramblings, but refines them to the point where I somehow recogni I have had a longstanding love like relationship with Chuck Klosterman Most of the time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces.But Eating the Dinosaur has, somehow, taken large parts of my brain and by this I mean not only or simply objects and topics that inhabit my brain, but THE WAYS I THINK ABOUT THEM and made them plain, in language that not only replicates my own cadences and ramblings, but refines them to the point where I somehow recognize, to my chagrin, that I could never actually say what I mean in quite the way that Chuck Klosterman can And I incidentally refer to him by his entire name, Chuck Klosterman, because I cannot imagine the alternatives or rather, I can, but I am uncomfortable with them The weirdest part of this was reading it earlier this week Sunday, the 12th of September , and stopping before reaching the end, and then having dinner with friends, one of whom my very best friend heard an NPR report on the way to picking up dinner about how the Unabomber was deeply affected by some weird Cold War experiment at Harvard, and then going back to Chuck Klosterman s book, where the final essay was aboutthe Unabomber.I think my Facebook update about this said something to the effect that not since Don DeLillo s White Noise has a book reflected nearly exactly who I was and what I was thinking at a specific moment in history I ve since thought about maybe a half dozen other books that did the same thing most recently Roberto Bolano s 2666 , but Klosterman s ease of access and rough hewn prose, which is actually quite difficult to parse out to read to friends and loved ones so you end up reading nearly the whole thing out loud, to the consternation of the aforementioned , harkens back to DeLillo s effortless xeroxing of my brain back in the eighties.In other words I cannot recommend this book highly enough


  5. Gus Sanchez Gus Sanchez says:

    For one take on Eating the Dinosaur, check out Anthony Shafer s review, which kicks ass in it s own way.Chuck Klosterman s previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV readlike a collection of rarities and half formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might beenthralled with his celebrity as perhaps the pre eminent pop culture essayist alive than being the pre eminent pop culture essayist.All those fears were put to rest after reading Eating the Dinosaur Simply put, Eatin For one take on Eating the Dinosaur, check out Anthony Shafer s review, which kicks ass in it s own way.Chuck Klosterman s previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV readlike a collection of rarities and half formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might beenthralled with his celebrity as perhaps the pre eminent pop culture essayist alive than being the pre eminent pop culture essayist.All those fears were put to rest after reading Eating the Dinosaur Simply put, Eating the Dinosaur is the finest collection of essays Chuck Klosterman has ever penned He even addresses those sell out fears in the first essay, attempting to reconcile his craft with his celebrity It doesn t always work, Chuck writes, but there really is no other way The essays get better, stronger after that His essay on the cult of personality surround Kurt Cobain takes a chilling and deadly accurate turn when he makes the link between Cobain and David Koresh, the apocalypse spewing leader of the Branch Davidians Not to say that Cobain was gunning for a Waco style end of days, but both Cobain and Koresh attracted a cult of personality one completely rejected it, when he should have embraced it, the other embraced it, when he should have rejected it This essay alone is worth the price of the book.Yet Klosterman saves his best essay for last his rumination on the mad ramblings of Ted Kaczinski, aka the Unabomber, may be one of the best essays you ll read in a long time Klosterman proves here he s not just the best pop culture essayist alive, but one of the best essayists alive, period.I felt as if Chuck wrote this book for me Seriously I ve had conversations like the essays he s penned in this collection I m sorry I doubted you, Chuck


  6. ReaderM ReaderM says:

    So I ve never read a book by Chuck Klosterman and after reading Eating The Dinosaur, I m honestly started to wonder what I ve done with my life Eating the Dinosaur is a simple collection of essays that will slightly twist your mind but present a pleasant read.In reading the Easting the Dinosaur you could say this is just a cheap collection of essays by a guy whose editors told him hey it s been a while since you released a book throw something together quick I honestly wouldn t disagree w So I ve never read a book by Chuck Klosterman and after reading Eating The Dinosaur, I m honestly started to wonder what I ve done with my life Eating the Dinosaur is a simple collection of essays that will slightly twist your mind but present a pleasant read.In reading the Easting the Dinosaur you could say this is just a cheap collection of essays by a guy whose editors told him hey it s been a while since you released a book throw something together quick I honestly wouldn t disagree with that assertion one bit yet it s to the credit of the writing style and prose of Klosterman that he can turn that into a excellent read Like Sports, this book has a section for you Love Music, well it s Klosterman, of course there is a section for you Even some totally random and inverted comparisons of within make it worth my time It is a literary classic, no but it s a great lazy read to cruel up with on lazy evening night and digest some good writing


  7. Anita Dalton Anita Dalton says:

    Klosterman is hit or miss with me, but once I just sort of skipped the essays about sports, this was a very good collection Though the essay comparing David Koresh and Kurt Cobain is the most notorious, the best essay for me was T is For True, a discussion of irony and its application, or rather lack thereof, in the careers of Weezer, Werner Herzog, and Ralph Nader.


  8. Krzysztof Krzysztof says:

    Not a book review Talking to myself in descending order of relevance to book you 1 Klosterman and David Foster Wallace are right irony tyrannizes us But part of the reason that it tyrannizes us is because people will not shut up about it It s exhausting trying to out smart and pre empt every clever person who s ever had a theory on pop culture and society We all speak in the ridiculous voice of Wallace Shawn Perhaps you know that I know that you know that I know I long for the day th Not a book review Talking to myself in descending order of relevance to book you 1 Klosterman and David Foster Wallace are right irony tyrannizes us But part of the reason that it tyrannizes us is because people will not shut up about it It s exhausting trying to out smart and pre empt every clever person who s ever had a theory on pop culture and society We all speak in the ridiculous voice of Wallace Shawn Perhaps you know that I know that you know that I know I long for the day that we all breathe a collective sigh and let it go Most sensible people have stopped talking altogether I think Foster Wallace finally realized this 1B But this is how we think, dammit, and it deserves props for being a lucid representation of that thinking 2 Amazingly, the sports essays were not my least favorite More than that, I actually liked them The football essay particularly surprised me I ve been warming up to football over the years, but I ve never stopped to consider why, exactly I ve had suspicions, but I think it might have come to me in reading Klosterman s essay.I like football because I like Star Trek What You heard me, ensign I want you to ram the Enterprise into the enemy flag ship in a little stratagem I like to call The Kobayashi Mmmmmmutha fucka didn t see that comin This is the equivalent of the QB running the ball and hoping his precious legs aren t snapped like twigs in the process.But it s not just the sucker punch element I enjoy It s the outsmarting aspect The tactical aspect where you re just trying to figure out what they think you think their weak spot is and adjusting the plan accordingly How can we sneak the Defiant through this mass of Dominion ships to the Bajoran Wormhole We run a distraction play using the Valiant as a decoy.There s also the weird parallel of fantasy football and text based rpgs Fans of football and nerd related things love this extra wasted time I really have no idea how either one works, but I get that it s the same concept They love to sit around and discuss alternate realities which might help to explain why I ve been loving this strip lately I don t like sports and I don t like the military I enjoy football only a littlethan chess by which I mean that I appreciate the conceptsthe the actual gameplay , and I can get behind Trek because it s fictionalized military in an altruistic future Klosterman makes an objectionable comment about excellence in billiards equaling a wasted life I guess we all feel that way about interests we don t share 2B Wallace Shawn for Captain 1C A few years ago, I picked up my new much younger girlfriend in NY to drive her back to Boston for her new semester She asked to drive my car because it was a Mustang and, as she drove, I looked in the backseat and found a wrinkled photocopy I had made of an especially powerful Cesar Vallejo poem I pulled it out and read it to her She looked over at me and said, Who are you I was feeling pretty good at that point Here I was with this college girl, in the first car I d ever been happy owning, and for the first time in memory able to read a poem to another person without pausing over all the wrong bits But the relationship didn t work out and I ve slowly come around to why it couldn t have It was all in her emphasis of are She also once referred to me as a cartoon and this really underscores her inability to see things unironically The relationship failed in part not because of the age gap, but because we interacted with the world in a fundamentally different way ok, maybe that s an age gap There was always a layer of irony in her world and she couldn t conceive that I wasn t also living that way Of course, none of this was helped by the fact that I met her through a craigslist missed connection, using her ironic t shirt as an identifier.The age gap wasn t so great that I didn t get the concept I can think of dozens of situations where I deliberately acted ironically But I feel like it s gotten to a point the point of flarf where people don t even know what their social circle is talking about, but they keep gibbering on, pretending that it s fine In fact, It s fine was a sort of catch phrase of hers More recently, I again sat in a car with a girl this time a peer , discussing poetry, which had been the basis of our friendship I recounted the Vallejo story and said that I was worried not just that we were getting older, but that people, the kids , really were losing their aptitude for genuine discourse Do you know what I mean I asked She looked down and said, Yes If I had asked the first girl this same question, she would have said Yes, but she wouldn t have known what she was answering or if her answer was correct Irony tyrannizes us all and yet I keep talking 1D Klosterman is 90% wrong about Rivers Cuomo, which is why Cuomo really is a bad artist, and 100% right about Ralph Nader, which is why Nader would have been an awful president 3 At one point Klosterman refers to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as a couple of disposable teens This struck me as part of the new trend of not naming a killer even though no one is ever consistent about this ahem Anderson Cooper because that s a form of honoring them While I appreciate the sentiment, it s pretty misguided First of all, you would never say, let s never speak Stalin s name again Butimportantly, it s a level a hatred that simply cannot be healthy for anyone Contrary to popular opinion, killing is not advertising if you ignore killers, they re not simply going to go away But if you ignore humanity, that will disappear I feel like Klosterman could write a decent essay on this topic 4 Oddly enough, for much of my elementary school life, Kurt Cobain and David Koresh were interchangeable in my mind


  9. Dan Dan says:

    An interesting, fun, and sometimes laugh out loud funny read This is the first book I ve read by him and I wanted to get it finished before seeing him at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend As is often the case I ve been sitting on his first novel, Downtown Owl for a couple of years but have never gotten around to reading it Looks like I will have to remedy that and pick up a fewof his essay collections in the near future An interesting, fun, and sometimes laugh out loud funny read This is the first book I ve read by him and I wanted to get it finished before seeing him at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend As is often the case I ve been sitting on his first novel, Downtown Owl for a couple of years but have never gotten around to reading it Looks like I will have to remedy that and pick up a fewof his essay collections in the near future


  10. Diana Diana says:

    This was a good Chuck Klosterman book But even a bad Chuck Klosterman book is better than 95% of books that are generally considered to be good.


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10 thoughts on “Eating the Dinosaur

  1. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    Ok, I ve read every book Klosterman has written and I m going to outline what I think was running through his mind when he wrote the excellent Eating The Dinosaur 1 You know, if oneperson asks me if I still watch The Real World or know that Screech was in a porno, I m going to scream No, I probably won t scream I m from North Dakota, a courteous locale, so I will not scream I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.2 I m g Ok, I ve read every book Klosterman has written and I m going to outline what I think was running through his mind when he wrote the excellent Eating The Dinosaur 1 You know, if oneperson asks me if I still watch The Real World or know that Screech was in a porno, I m going to scream No, I probably won t scream I m from North Dakota, a courteous locale, so I will not scream I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.2 I m glad I don t have a real job Some of my former basketball teammates back near Grand Forks are stuck in factories or the family farms, and we know how those industries are doing although North Dakota has weathered the economic hard times better than people might expect Still, it s not like I sit around on my ass and watch syndicated television until inspiration hits I need drugs, too No, no, kidding If everybody thinks writing like me is so easy, why doesn t everyone write like me and get famous I m not afraid of any of the bloggers or goodreads reviewers I did my time and honed my craft But I writea lot, under deadline, interviewing people about whom I don t care much, anything to get another article in Spin or Esquire.3 Ok, that s not true any I used to whore myself out to magazines indiscriminately but after Downtown Owl and all the speaker fees I m doing ok financially and don t have to write another profile of the semiotics of old television shows if I don t want to do so Still, I probably should This gravy train might not run forever.4 I know I shouldn t care that people think my job is easy but sometimes those people bug me However, once I m bugged, I can own the fact I m bugged, shrug off the jealousy, go for a run, and stay humble I know I m crazy lucky to do what I do I mean, I work hard but I know I m lucky.5 I m married now I should start acting like a grown up The hipster kids have already disowned me and re owned me about seventeen times I m too old for this shit.6 I write better than people expect, mostly from practice, and I ve got good editors.7 In turn, I m going to write an excellent book according to at least one GR reviewer with thoughtful, top notch essays about subjects like how Pepsi and Obama are linked and the similarities between Kurt Cobain and David Koresh I will also write about football and Abba These essays will be better researched than some of my previous work but retain the dizzying logic and you thought X was this but we know it s really Y and if we re honest with ourselves we ll acknowledge X is Y and we probably do acknowledge X is Y covertly so everyone knows but we pretend X is Y but says X is X rhetoric I m not stupid I know what works But I don t want to sound like I m arguing in a bar at 4 in the morning any I m, like, your cousin s husband at your sister s graduation now I m kind of interesting, I guess, and I m a decent listener, but the kids don t take me seriously.8 The final essay, on the Unabomber, will be the best essay I ve ever written Maybe Klosterman didn t think any of that I don t know Maybe he plays the stock market and smokes cigars between donations to the NRA Maybe he campaigned for Al Franken and has a secret crush on Rachel Maddow I don t care Eating the Dinosaur is the work of a smart, perceptive man with an loyal audience, a generally optimistic disposition, and years of experience at the keyboard I know he makes it look easy but I doubt writing like Klosterman is as easy as one might think If you re a Klosterman fan you ll love Eating the Dinosaur If you don t like Klosterman you still might at least, upon reading these essays, fail to hate them I m glad Klosterman exists and I m uncool enough to dig his work And that makes me cool X equals Y Everybody knows it

  2. christa christa says:

    Here s a confession I did not read Chuck Klosterman s entire book Eating the Dinosaur This slighting came with his permission, nay, his insistence Klosterman busts through the fourth wall in his essay about football to suggest that if you aren t into football, you can jump this chapter I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA And if a reader hangs around a bit longer, thinking, perhaps, Meh Who cares He ll probably say something about Britny Spears in Here s a confession I did not read Chuck Klosterman s entire book Eating the Dinosaur This slighting came with his permission, nay, his insistence Klosterman busts through the fourth wall in his essay about football to suggest that if you aren t into football, you can jump this chapter I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA And if a reader hangs around a bit longer, thinking, perhaps, Meh Who cares He ll probably say something about Britny Spears in here somewhere, he stops the bus and holds open the door once again If you d still rather get to the shit about ABBA, you should go there now Friends, I went to the ABBA.Klosterman s most recent compilation of essays includes comparisons between David Koresh and Kurt Cobain, the mislaid career of a once great athlete, and why observing his longtime neighbor through her window was never really interesting He talks about why Weezer fans never appreciate Weezer albums, Twitter, and the Unibomber It is all done with Klosterman s patented template He seems to randomly draws two topics out of a hat, finds a way to weave them together, then throws in an opinion on why an intelligent, shape shifting metal isbelievable in Terminator than time travel This book is fine There is not a lot that differs from any of his other books post Fargo Rock City including the ones that are fiction or first cousins of fiction Sometimes this is fine It s like always ordering the wild rice burger and beer battered fries from the Brewhouse It tastes good, but it doesn t come with a hell of a lot of suprises Sometimes it feels like Klosterman could besomething Funny is one word that comes to mind Spontaneous is another This is what it is like to read one of Chuck Klosterman s compilations of nonfiction essays It is like being on vacation in a small town in a weird state and seeing some guy wearing a T shirt with the name of your favorite dive bar printed on the front It s like Oh You ve been to Dick s Crab Shack We go there all the time Except in this metaphor, the T shirt is Klosterman s pop culture references There you are in a mess of words that may or may not interest you and he mentions something you like or remember liking Saved by the Bell, or WKRP in Cincinnati So you nod and keep reading At one point while I was reading this book, Klosterman mentioned Matt Dillon and the band Was Not Was although this has noting to do with the title within a few pages of each other Both of these topics had come up in a conversation I d had with my boyfriend earlier in the day I can t tell if this means we are all psychically linked, or if it just means that Klosterman talks about everything in the world at least once

  3. Derek Wolfgram Derek Wolfgram says:

    Meh I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman s books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that is published Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing I ll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here Eating the Dinosaur reminds m Meh I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman s books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that is published Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing I ll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here Eating the Dinosaur reminds me of what I ve read about the last few years of Lenny Bruce s life Razor sharp wit degenerated into whiny self absorption and self reference While the occasional glimpse of genius was still visible, the overall impression of his rants was that they were just plain boring and sad While Klosterman is still pretty upbeat, he still writes too much about the phenomenon of Chuck Klosterman and What Chuck Klosterman Means and Why That Is Important He doesn t take anything else seriously, which is what used to make him fun to read if he could stop taking himself so seriously, I d enjoy his writing a lot

  4. James James says:

    I have had a longstanding love like relationship with Chuck Klosterman Most of the time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces.But Eating the Dinosaur has, somehow, taken large parts of my brain and by this I mean not only or simply objects and topics that inhabit my brain, but THE WAYS I THINK ABOUT THEM and made them plain, in language that not only replicates my own cadences and ramblings, but refines them to the point where I somehow recogni I have had a longstanding love like relationship with Chuck Klosterman Most of the time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces.But Eating the Dinosaur has, somehow, taken large parts of my brain and by this I mean not only or simply objects and topics that inhabit my brain, but THE WAYS I THINK ABOUT THEM and made them plain, in language that not only replicates my own cadences and ramblings, but refines them to the point where I somehow recognize, to my chagrin, that I could never actually say what I mean in quite the way that Chuck Klosterman can And I incidentally refer to him by his entire name, Chuck Klosterman, because I cannot imagine the alternatives or rather, I can, but I am uncomfortable with them The weirdest part of this was reading it earlier this week Sunday, the 12th of September , and stopping before reaching the end, and then having dinner with friends, one of whom my very best friend heard an NPR report on the way to picking up dinner about how the Unabomber was deeply affected by some weird Cold War experiment at Harvard, and then going back to Chuck Klosterman s book, where the final essay was aboutthe Unabomber.I think my Facebook update about this said something to the effect that not since Don DeLillo s White Noise has a book reflected nearly exactly who I was and what I was thinking at a specific moment in history I ve since thought about maybe a half dozen other books that did the same thing most recently Roberto Bolano s 2666 , but Klosterman s ease of access and rough hewn prose, which is actually quite difficult to parse out to read to friends and loved ones so you end up reading nearly the whole thing out loud, to the consternation of the aforementioned , harkens back to DeLillo s effortless xeroxing of my brain back in the eighties.In other words I cannot recommend this book highly enough

  5. Gus Sanchez Gus Sanchez says:

    For one take on Eating the Dinosaur, check out Anthony Shafer s review, which kicks ass in it s own way.Chuck Klosterman s previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV readlike a collection of rarities and half formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might beenthralled with his celebrity as perhaps the pre eminent pop culture essayist alive than being the pre eminent pop culture essayist.All those fears were put to rest after reading Eating the Dinosaur Simply put, Eatin For one take on Eating the Dinosaur, check out Anthony Shafer s review, which kicks ass in it s own way.Chuck Klosterman s previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV readlike a collection of rarities and half formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might beenthralled with his celebrity as perhaps the pre eminent pop culture essayist alive than being the pre eminent pop culture essayist.All those fears were put to rest after reading Eating the Dinosaur Simply put, Eating the Dinosaur is the finest collection of essays Chuck Klosterman has ever penned He even addresses those sell out fears in the first essay, attempting to reconcile his craft with his celebrity It doesn t always work, Chuck writes, but there really is no other way The essays get better, stronger after that His essay on the cult of personality surround Kurt Cobain takes a chilling and deadly accurate turn when he makes the link between Cobain and David Koresh, the apocalypse spewing leader of the Branch Davidians Not to say that Cobain was gunning for a Waco style end of days, but both Cobain and Koresh attracted a cult of personality one completely rejected it, when he should have embraced it, the other embraced it, when he should have rejected it This essay alone is worth the price of the book.Yet Klosterman saves his best essay for last his rumination on the mad ramblings of Ted Kaczinski, aka the Unabomber, may be one of the best essays you ll read in a long time Klosterman proves here he s not just the best pop culture essayist alive, but one of the best essayists alive, period.I felt as if Chuck wrote this book for me Seriously I ve had conversations like the essays he s penned in this collection I m sorry I doubted you, Chuck

  6. ReaderM ReaderM says:

    So I ve never read a book by Chuck Klosterman and after reading Eating The Dinosaur, I m honestly started to wonder what I ve done with my life Eating the Dinosaur is a simple collection of essays that will slightly twist your mind but present a pleasant read.In reading the Easting the Dinosaur you could say this is just a cheap collection of essays by a guy whose editors told him hey it s been a while since you released a book throw something together quick I honestly wouldn t disagree w So I ve never read a book by Chuck Klosterman and after reading Eating The Dinosaur, I m honestly started to wonder what I ve done with my life Eating the Dinosaur is a simple collection of essays that will slightly twist your mind but present a pleasant read.In reading the Easting the Dinosaur you could say this is just a cheap collection of essays by a guy whose editors told him hey it s been a while since you released a book throw something together quick I honestly wouldn t disagree with that assertion one bit yet it s to the credit of the writing style and prose of Klosterman that he can turn that into a excellent read Like Sports, this book has a section for you Love Music, well it s Klosterman, of course there is a section for you Even some totally random and inverted comparisons of within make it worth my time It is a literary classic, no but it s a great lazy read to cruel up with on lazy evening night and digest some good writing

  7. Anita Dalton Anita Dalton says:

    Klosterman is hit or miss with me, but once I just sort of skipped the essays about sports, this was a very good collection Though the essay comparing David Koresh and Kurt Cobain is the most notorious, the best essay for me was T is For True, a discussion of irony and its application, or rather lack thereof, in the careers of Weezer, Werner Herzog, and Ralph Nader.

  8. Krzysztof Krzysztof says:

    Not a book review Talking to myself in descending order of relevance to book you 1 Klosterman and David Foster Wallace are right irony tyrannizes us But part of the reason that it tyrannizes us is because people will not shut up about it It s exhausting trying to out smart and pre empt every clever person who s ever had a theory on pop culture and society We all speak in the ridiculous voice of Wallace Shawn Perhaps you know that I know that you know that I know I long for the day th Not a book review Talking to myself in descending order of relevance to book you 1 Klosterman and David Foster Wallace are right irony tyrannizes us But part of the reason that it tyrannizes us is because people will not shut up about it It s exhausting trying to out smart and pre empt every clever person who s ever had a theory on pop culture and society We all speak in the ridiculous voice of Wallace Shawn Perhaps you know that I know that you know that I know I long for the day that we all breathe a collective sigh and let it go Most sensible people have stopped talking altogether I think Foster Wallace finally realized this 1B But this is how we think, dammit, and it deserves props for being a lucid representation of that thinking 2 Amazingly, the sports essays were not my least favorite More than that, I actually liked them The football essay particularly surprised me I ve been warming up to football over the years, but I ve never stopped to consider why, exactly I ve had suspicions, but I think it might have come to me in reading Klosterman s essay.I like football because I like Star Trek What You heard me, ensign I want you to ram the Enterprise into the enemy flag ship in a little stratagem I like to call The Kobayashi Mmmmmmutha fucka didn t see that comin This is the equivalent of the QB running the ball and hoping his precious legs aren t snapped like twigs in the process.But it s not just the sucker punch element I enjoy It s the outsmarting aspect The tactical aspect where you re just trying to figure out what they think you think their weak spot is and adjusting the plan accordingly How can we sneak the Defiant through this mass of Dominion ships to the Bajoran Wormhole We run a distraction play using the Valiant as a decoy.There s also the weird parallel of fantasy football and text based rpgs Fans of football and nerd related things love this extra wasted time I really have no idea how either one works, but I get that it s the same concept They love to sit around and discuss alternate realities which might help to explain why I ve been loving this strip lately I don t like sports and I don t like the military I enjoy football only a littlethan chess by which I mean that I appreciate the conceptsthe the actual gameplay , and I can get behind Trek because it s fictionalized military in an altruistic future Klosterman makes an objectionable comment about excellence in billiards equaling a wasted life I guess we all feel that way about interests we don t share 2B Wallace Shawn for Captain 1C A few years ago, I picked up my new much younger girlfriend in NY to drive her back to Boston for her new semester She asked to drive my car because it was a Mustang and, as she drove, I looked in the backseat and found a wrinkled photocopy I had made of an especially powerful Cesar Vallejo poem I pulled it out and read it to her She looked over at me and said, Who are you I was feeling pretty good at that point Here I was with this college girl, in the first car I d ever been happy owning, and for the first time in memory able to read a poem to another person without pausing over all the wrong bits But the relationship didn t work out and I ve slowly come around to why it couldn t have It was all in her emphasis of are She also once referred to me as a cartoon and this really underscores her inability to see things unironically The relationship failed in part not because of the age gap, but because we interacted with the world in a fundamentally different way ok, maybe that s an age gap There was always a layer of irony in her world and she couldn t conceive that I wasn t also living that way Of course, none of this was helped by the fact that I met her through a craigslist missed connection, using her ironic t shirt as an identifier.The age gap wasn t so great that I didn t get the concept I can think of dozens of situations where I deliberately acted ironically But I feel like it s gotten to a point the point of flarf where people don t even know what their social circle is talking about, but they keep gibbering on, pretending that it s fine In fact, It s fine was a sort of catch phrase of hers More recently, I again sat in a car with a girl this time a peer , discussing poetry, which had been the basis of our friendship I recounted the Vallejo story and said that I was worried not just that we were getting older, but that people, the kids , really were losing their aptitude for genuine discourse Do you know what I mean I asked She looked down and said, Yes If I had asked the first girl this same question, she would have said Yes, but she wouldn t have known what she was answering or if her answer was correct Irony tyrannizes us all and yet I keep talking 1D Klosterman is 90% wrong about Rivers Cuomo, which is why Cuomo really is a bad artist, and 100% right about Ralph Nader, which is why Nader would have been an awful president 3 At one point Klosterman refers to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as a couple of disposable teens This struck me as part of the new trend of not naming a killer even though no one is ever consistent about this ahem Anderson Cooper because that s a form of honoring them While I appreciate the sentiment, it s pretty misguided First of all, you would never say, let s never speak Stalin s name again Butimportantly, it s a level a hatred that simply cannot be healthy for anyone Contrary to popular opinion, killing is not advertising if you ignore killers, they re not simply going to go away But if you ignore humanity, that will disappear I feel like Klosterman could write a decent essay on this topic 4 Oddly enough, for much of my elementary school life, Kurt Cobain and David Koresh were interchangeable in my mind

  9. Dan Dan says:

    An interesting, fun, and sometimes laugh out loud funny read This is the first book I ve read by him and I wanted to get it finished before seeing him at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend As is often the case I ve been sitting on his first novel, Downtown Owl for a couple of years but have never gotten around to reading it Looks like I will have to remedy that and pick up a fewof his essay collections in the near future An interesting, fun, and sometimes laugh out loud funny read This is the first book I ve read by him and I wanted to get it finished before seeing him at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend As is often the case I ve been sitting on his first novel, Downtown Owl for a couple of years but have never gotten around to reading it Looks like I will have to remedy that and pick up a fewof his essay collections in the near future

  10. Diana Diana says:

    This was a good Chuck Klosterman book But even a bad Chuck Klosterman book is better than 95% of books that are generally considered to be good.

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