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Chuck Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman
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Jun 07, 12

bookshelves: culture-politics
Read in June, 2012

Klosterman seem like a bit of a Gen X slacker type who appears to have the same fascination with popular culture that you’d expect from any 14 year old girl. In other words, he's enthralled with silly, trivial, crap.

On the positive side, Klosterman approaches pop culture with the wry irony of a philosophy major seriously discussing the metaphysical implications of the Desperate Housewives. The essays are random, largely pointless, but amusing and often quite funny. On the downside, Klosterman takes himself a bit too seriously at times, attempting to forcibly extract meaning from nonsense. The essays would also probably have benefited from an earlier reading (they were first published in the early 2000’s) since, by nature, pop culture is topical. A decade later the subject matter has become a bit stale.
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