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
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1996 piece about his chicken McNuggets experiment, his uncensored profile of Britney Spears, and a previously unpublished short story—all recontextualized in Chuck’s unique voice with new intros, outros, segues, and masterful footnotes.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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Hmmm....well....hmmm. Have you ever read the celebrity profiles in magazines like Esquire, Vanity Fair, Spin, etc? Well, if so - and you like them - you've got the spirit of Chuck K. IV is a ... Read full review

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Klosterman has a way of writing essays about pop culture that make you forget they're actually about pop culture. Many read like short stories - too short, cut off without a substantial ending. He is ... 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 bestselling author of many books of nonfiction (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, I Wear the Black Hat, Fargo Rock City and Chuck Klosterman X) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons.

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