Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs:
A Low Culture Manifesto.
They're both collections of original essays examining the philosophical hidden meanings of popular culture. Where they differ, though, is in maturity. Dinosaur, meanwhile, attempts to explain the Waco massacre, the Unibomber and the mathematical theories of the film Primer.
Obviously, this is headier, more mature stuff. Klosterman announces as such on the collection's first essay, "Something Instead of Nothing," in which he contemplates how realistically or unrealistically interviews depict people. It reveals everything the book is about, from the formatting -- although the essays jump around from one subpoint to the next, they are helpfully annotated -- to the book's general topic, which is, "What is real?
Seriously, Klosterman provides some of my favorite footnotes of all timeKlosterman debates with himself and his subjects over why anyone would bother telling the truth in a public interview. The potential gains are numerous -- exposure, publicity for a product being sold, and for the ridiculously famous, a chance to interact with a sane, smart human being -- but Klosterman provides just as many reasons why giving interviews is a bad idea, and why telling the truth can be an even worse one.
This is why Klosterman occasionally lies when being interviewed. Later in the book, Klosterman considers whether it's better to be a perfectly built athlete with average stats or an averagely built player with those same scores -- do we appreciate people more when they have to earn their achievements more?
He attempts to explain -- occasionally even justify -- Ted Kaczynski's worldview. As is Klosterman's way, the writing is incisive and humorous, though with diminished returns. Klosterman seems at a Joe Sacco-like crossroads.
Should he pursue more "adult" topics like war, disease and bitter, bitter failure?
Dinosaur feels like an argument for the latter. The Nader portion is insightful; the Cuomo section less so. The essay examines a guy who may or may not have contributed to the rise of the Bush administration which is stirringas well as the guy who wrote Make Believe which I would rather forget.
While Klosterman takes an original stance on explaining Weezer and its fans post-Pinkerton Cuomo has always written explicitly about himself. Pinkerton is just the point where he and his fans' interests overlappedthe topic still feels rehashed, in that every Weezer release stirs up yet another conversation about how the band was better with Matt Sharp involved.
And while I appreciate Klosterman's unique approach to the topic, there's still a part of me that resents people who argue that Weezer has released an album this decade on par with its '90s material.
In a world where Jason Todd and Bucky can come back to life, a man has to believe in something, dammit, even if it means believing that Weezer will never be good again but But I could never call anything Klosterman writes in this or any of his other books disappointing.
He's still the premier scribe of the aughts, as far I'm concerned, and I will continue to follow him, taking in his every witticism. Still, there is this slight feeling of fatigue in reading Dinosaur, the thought that maybe Klosterman is getting sick of all this nonsense.
In truth, every book he's done since Cocoa Puffs has attempted to distance itself from that work in some way. Killing Yourself to Live was too concerned with mortality and fidelity to be taken lightly, IV was a clearinghouse collection and not a true continuation, and Downtown Owl, Klosterman's first novel, was another rumination on death and his home state North Dakota.
While Dinosaur is the closest Klosterman has come to mimicking Cocoa Puffs, it also works best when it takes on fresh, more adult topics. Also, sports, oddly enough.Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture, this essay is about the media.
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Originally collected in Eating the Dinosaur and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Sports, this essay is about football. ADVERTISEMENT. Product Details Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; and Fargo Rock City, winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He is a Contributing Editor for Esquire, a 5/5(2). Originally collected in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and now available both as a stand-alone essay and in the ebook collection Chuck Klosterman on Film and Television, this essay is . Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto is a book written by Chuck Klosterman, first published by Scribner in It is a collection of eighteen comedic essays on popular culture. So there should be plenty of topics, which is always a plus.
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