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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
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Feb 18, 09

Read in November, 2006

This is the first Chuck Klosterman book I have ever read. I saw Seth Cohen reading it on "The O.C." and decided to check it out. I was not disappointed.

It a series of ridiculous, highly pretentious, yet, very well-written essays on pop-culture. There really is no other way to describe it. If you want to laugh about inconsequential subject matter, such as "Saved by the Bell," then please read this book.

Here is a complete list of chapters (essays) that Klosterman tackles:

1) This is Emo: This essay discusses fake love, the appeal of John Cusack, and why Coldplay is arguably the worst band ever.

2) Billy Sim: Essay on Chuck playing the mega popular, The Sims.

3) What Happens When People Stop Being Polite: Essay on MTV's The Real World and its influence.

4) Every Dog Must Have His Every Day, Every Drunk Must Have His Drink: This is a lengthy essay on Billy Joel and how is so uncool that it makes him cool.

5) Appetite for Replication: This essay follows around a Guns N' Roses tribute band.

6) Ten Seconds to Love: Essay covering the Pam Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape and what it says about the United States.

7) George Will vs. Nick Hornby: Essay on how much he hates soccer, especially youth soccer. This segue ways into his experience as a little league baseball coach.

8) 33: This essay discusses the Lakers and Celtics '80s era rivalry.

9) Porn: This particular essay covers porn, the Internet, and what it says about us as people.

10) The Lady or the Tiger: An essay about cereal and what it says about us as people.

11) Being Zach Morris: A lengthy essay on the TV show, Saved by the Bell.

12)Sulking with Lisa Loeb and the Ice Planet Hoth: An essay on Star Wars.

13) The Awe Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise's Shattered, Troll-like Face: This essay covers the film Vanilla Sky (and occasionally the film Memento).

14) Toby over Moby: Country music and its importance in the US.

15) This is the Zodiac Speaking: A lengthy essay dealing with serial killers.

16) All I Know is What I Read in Papers: This essay details the media and how it works (written from the point of a view of a journalist).

17) I Rock, Chump: This essay reviews Chuck's time at the Experience Music Project (EMP). This where people sit around and discuss music as if it's a scholarly subject.

18) How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found: This essay covers religion, clearly saving one of the best topics for last.

Just bring it in to a "scenester" coffee shop. I am sure it will spark some sort of conversation.
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Philiam I am starting this book based on your review=)


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