Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 5, 2006 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Coming off the breakthrough success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Killing Yourself to Live, bestselling pop culture guru Chuck Klosterman assembles his best work previously unavailable in book form—including the ground-breaking 1996 piece about his chicken McNuggets experiment, his uncensored profile of Britney Spears, and a previously unpublished short story—all recontextualized in Chuck’s unique voice with new intros, outros, segues, and masterful footnotes.

CHUCK KLOSTERMAN IV consists of three parts:

Things That Are True—Profiles and trend stories: Britney Spears, Radiohead, Billy Joel, Metallica, Val Kilmer, Bono, Wilco, the White Stripes, Steve Nash, Morrissey, Robert Plant—all with new introductions and footnotes.

Things That Might Be True—Opinions and theories on everything from monogamy to pirates to robots to super people to guilt, and (of course) Advancement—all with new hypothetical questions and footnotes.

Something That Isn’t True At All—This is old fiction. There’s a new introduction, but no footnotes. Well, there’s a footnote in the introduction, but none in the story.
 

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User Review  - debbie.menzel - LibraryThing

This is a series of articles published by Chuck Klosterman who writes for Rolling Stone, among other things. He groups the articles by type: interviews with musicians, politics observations, etc. He's ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

This book vaguely sickens me. Reminds me of a subpar blog, pretending to be wise and dispensing nuggets of cultural wisdom, where instead it offers the most banal of insights. Read full review

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Contents

SouthernFried Sex Kitten
11
This Happened in October
21
Call me Lizard King No really I insist
33
Chomp Chomp
57
My SecondFavorite Canadian
67
Deep Blue Something
75
Deep Sabbath
89
Disposable Heroes
101
The Transformation Hypothetical
249
The Unknown Companion Hypothetical
255
The Dress Code Hypothetical
261
The Court of Public Opinion Hypothetical
271
The Brain Pill Hypothetical
277
The Life Plagiarist Hypothetical
283
The Universal Morality Hypothetical
289
The Joe SixPack Hypothetical
295

Unbuttoning the Hardest Button to Button
113
The loe Planet Goth
121
Fitter Happier
131
The American Radiohead
143
Bowling for the Future and Possibly Horse Carcasses
155
Still Think All for Leyna Is Awesome
163
Debriefing Agent Zero
175
Someone Like You
183
Taking The Streets to the Music
195
Five Interesting Corpses
207
Fargo Rock City for Real
221
The Two Motives Hypothetical
233
The Grizzly Hypothetical
243
The Hitler Theft Hypothetical
301
The Robot War Hypothetical
307
The Cannibals Quandary
313
The Future Prediction Quandary
319
The Desert Island Hypothetical
325
The Telekinetic Hypothetical
331
The Stereotypical Jesus Hypothetical
337
The Apocalypse Hypothetical
343
The General Tsos Hypothetical
357
You Tell Me
364
Acknowledgments
399
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Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

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