Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal

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Open Court Publishing, 2012 - Philosophy - 278 pages
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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 purveyors of popular culture. His writings and regular columns (in Spin, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and other venues) about music, sports, and modern culture have sometimes become themselves touchstones in popular culture. The success of his card-based game Hypertheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations has demonstrated that Klosterman can connect with his fans and readers even off the printed page.

As he writes in his contribution to this book, Klosterman ?enjoys writing about big, unwieldy ideas” as they circulate in culture, in people, in music, and in sports. The twenty-two other philosophers writing alongside Klosterman couldn't agree more. They offer their own take on the concepts and puzzles that fascinate him and take up many of Chuck's various challenges to answer brain-twisting "hypertheticals" or classic ethical quandaries that would arise if, say, Aristotle wandered backstage at a Kiss concert.
 

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Contents

The Unironical in the Age of Irony
21
HYPERthetical Response 1 Culture Can Be Wrong
37
Reading Writing and Thinking with Chuck
53
Fake Love Lives
67
HYPERthetical Response 2 Turn off the
83
MELISSA VOSEN
117
HYPERthetical Response 3 Watch Me Dream
129
Only Chuck Can Save
135
How Chuck Got Chicks
183
Writing Poetry about Pushpin
195
Are You Sure Thats What You Want?
207
HYPERthetical Response 5 My Literate
221
What Would Chuck
237
HYPERthetical Response 6 Consequences of Killing
257
An Epilogue
259
EightyFivePercent True Stories
265

Football Fútbol and Chuck
151
Media Ecologist without a Cause
165
HYPERthetical Response 4 Jack and Jane
177

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About the author (2012)

Seth Vannatta is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He teaches philosophy of law, political philosophy, ethics, logic, and American philosophy. He is a former varsity volleyball coach and soccer coach and has written on the philosophy of sport.

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