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Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Popular Culture and Philosophy #65)

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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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Stevie
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The whatever and philosophy being the only philosophy books that seem to be at the local bookstore, I have seen them many times and always assumed they were silly or the whatever never interested me enough to care to read one. But I received this one and greatly enjoyed reading essays about one of my favorite authors writing. I am not sure it has changed my mind about the whatever and philosophy books but I still love Chuck Klosterman!
Evan Timberlake
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Arielle
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Parker Avrile
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I still don't know how I got this book but I'm glad I did. Two things-- do NOT start this before you read Downtown Owl. It doesn't matter whether or not you've read the nonfics as long as you've listened to a lot of music & know who John Cusack is and have some interest in the concept of un/irony. But Owl is a novel best appreciated without the enthusiastic spoilers included in one of the early essays. Some of the philosophy is technical and above my head, but there's a lot of good lines &am ...more
Tyler Shinnick
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Greg
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very insightful read, especially the essay about Media Ecology
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