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Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal
Since he burst on the world with his heavy-metal memoir Fargo Rock City in 2001, Chuck Klosterman has been one of the most successful novelists and essayists in America. His collections of essays Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas have established Klosterman not only as a credible spokesman for intelligent pu ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Open Court
(first published April 10th 2012)
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This book is both a complete bastardization of philosophy and a strange worshipping of Chuck Klosterman who, despite being one of the preeminent pop culture critics of our time, does not deserve this kind of star treatment (which he fully acknowledges in the epilogue, the only part of the book that he wrote). The connections that the essayists make between the philosophical theories and Chuck's earlier writing are tangential at best. I also wish there had been a bit more vetting of the content b ...more
As Klosterman predicted in the epilogue to this book, I bought this pretty much only because it had my favorite author's name on it, despite it actually being about something I care very little for, namely heavy philosophy of mind. There were enough interesting insights in it to make it worthwhile (the brilliant response to the dream-tv hyperthetical, the amusing idea of tribute bands being four levels removed from true form in Plato's canon), but mostly it was just a variety of modern-day philo ...more
Rather than wrestling with the philosophical issues in Klosterman's books, these essays either attempt to reconstruct Klosterman's arguments into something new, or they simply used his work as a springboard to drop philosophers' names. Some essays were entirely boring and difficult to read, but there were a few that captured my interest.