Eating the Dinosaur
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 the television, urban uncertainty and small-town weirdness. Through a variety of mediums and with a multitude of motive...more
Chuck Klosterman's previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV read more like a collection of rarities and half-formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might be more enthralled 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...more
1. You know, if one more person 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...more
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 few more of his essay collections in the near future.
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 tha...more
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...more
Eating The Dinosaur is Klosterman at his most thoughtful and articulate. Rather than presenting half-baked ideas covered with tons of pop references (like here), this time he really tried to flesh out his thought into something deliverable and coherent. The last two essays on the book (weirdly, one focused on Weezer's Cuomo and the other on the Unabomber terrorist, Ted Kaczynski) are particularly satisfying and written as only...more
I also had no idea who Chuck Klosterman is. Probably I still don't, because we never reall...more
And that (evidently) is what I want.
I must want it. It must be my desire, because I would do nothing to change the world's relationship to technology even if I could. My existence is constructed, and it's constructed through the surrogate activity of mainstream popular culture. I understand this. And because I understand this, I could change. I could move to Montana and find [Kaczynski's] cabin and live there, satisfied in my phi...more
Mijn oordeel: ik heb Klosterman leren kennen via de podcast (jaja, ik ben af en toe ook modern) van mijn held Bill Simmons (elders op deze site staan 2 recensies over zijn boeken). Op die podcast is Klosterman af en toe te gast, en hij is me direct opgevallen omwille van zijn doordachtheid, de manier waarop hij parallellen kan trekken waar er o...more
I really hope the method by which Klosterman constructs several of his essays doesn't catch on, though, the one where he just writes sections in the order that occurs to him and then labels them haphazardly so their linear order could conceivably be reconstructed. For example,...more
Sometimes I will agree with Klosterman in spirit, but disagree with him o...more
In “Eating the Dinosaur”, Chuck is a different writer than he was when most of his current fan base stumbled upon him with “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs”, his second publication. In SDaCPs, Klosterman was a low culture guru, who molded philosophy around constant references to pop culture. “Eating the Dinosaur” isn’t so lighthearted, and I don’t think it was meant to be, so that’s not an indictment. It’s just not what I’ve come t...more
This is certainly not Klostermans best work. But it is undeniably Klosterman. ABBA vs. the World, how are Curt Cobain and David Koresh the same person. Did Ted Kazynski have a valid point. Klosterman looks...more
Part of it is just the weirdness of these essays, this book, existing at all. I think the previous books were collections of pieces that he'd written for other jobs-- Spin, Esquire, whatever. But this one, at least as far as I can tell, eshews that to go for new content. And who has time for that?
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...more
"So the deeper question is, what's more important, narrative consistency or truth? I think we're always trying to create a consistent narrative for ourselves. I think truth always takes a backseat to narrative. Truth has to sit at the back of the bus." (13)
"People answer questions because it feels stranger to do the opposite." (20)
"Any time you try to tell peop...more
Chuck Klosterman writes novels and journalism. This book is a collection of essays focused on popular culture. It has a slight edge to it, a kind of independent feeling you might associate with independent rock or independent bookstores. I had heard comparisons between Chuck Klosterman and Hunter S. Thompson, but it really does not feel that way. There is no sense of outlaw violence or danger in reading Chuck Klosterman's writing.
The essays are very self ref...more
Yet, in this, his fifth compendium (and sixth book overall) `Eating the Dinosaur' (Scribner), Klosterman has made a fatal mistake and it appears in the very first chapter, no less. Somehow Klo...more
A few essays end up in relatively cheap territory; the comparison of Koresh and Cobain added very l...more
After the unexpected brilliance of "Downtown Owl," it seemed like Klosterman could do no wrong. With "Eating the Dinosaur," everything comes crashing down.
It opens with a borderline pointless discussion of why interviewees answer questions. Next is a discussion of Kurt Cobain and David Koresh that feels like an amateur trying to impersonate Klosterman. Dissections of the basketball of career of Ralph Sampson and Garth Brooks' tenure as Chris Gaines are thoroughly researched and vaguely engaging...more