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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,742 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Klosterman Narrator: Chuck Klosterman, Ira Glass, Errol Morris, others Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780743598736
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Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost 15 years. He's covered extreme metal, extreme nostalgia, disposable art, disposable heroes, life on the road, life through the television, urban uncertainty, and small-town weirdness. Through a variety of media and with a multitude of motives, he's written about everything he can think of (and a lot that he's forgotten). The world keeps accelerating, but the pop ideas keep coming. 


In Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he's dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fans inevitably hate their favorite band's latest album, or why we love watching can't-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. It's amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it's incredibly funny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the course of the collection’s thirteen essays, Klosterman burrows into overexposed but underexplored departments of American pop culture. Declaring himself ‘post-taste,’ he evaluates not the merits of certain phenomena but the ways we ‘us’ them.”

    New York Times

  • “Author and cultural commentator Klosterman …one of few cultural essayists to enjoy a wide readership…thrives on challenging his readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Klosterman returns to deconstructing pop culture to its base elements…The result is a collection as much about the author and his way of thinking as it is about his topics. In both cases, the author is unique. Funny, irreverent and fascinating—Klosterman at his best.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Edmondson | 2/19/2014

    " Parts of this were really good and others just didn't work for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 2/17/2014

    " nowhere near as fun as sex drugs and cocoa puffs. the format is sort of interesting and more stream of consciousness, but i am not loving it.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 2/12/2014

    " Read it in about four days, so i guess you could say i enjoyed it. The essay on the Unabomber is brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 1/23/2014

    " Klosterman, too cool for school? Every now and again I'm impressed. But not consistently. It was more of a resounding "meh." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chi Chi | 1/4/2014

    " Another Klosterman book, another enjoyable collection of essays about pop culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 12/28/2013

    " I loved Klosterman's take on modern society and how cultural influences are found throughout pretty much everything we do or say or even think. I found this book intriguing in it's philosophical discussions about everything from football plays to the music of ABBA to the Unabomber. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/3/2013

    " this probably shouldn't have been my first Chuck Klosterman book...I liked it, but I wanted to love it. But I didn't, and that made me disproportionately sadder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 11/22/2013

    " Just love his stuff. He's so smart and thought- provoking. The fact that it's about pop culture is just the cherry on the sundae. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 11/21/2013

    " This book made me come to a realizations that I had not wanted to come to for a long time: I am the target demographic for a book sold at Urban Outfitters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 11/16/2013

    " Some good essays in this one. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 11/6/2013

    " I understand why he's a target of some people. But I like him for just the reasons those people dislike him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 10/31/2013

    " Spot on cultural and media critiques. What fascinates me is the way that Klosterman evolves and builds an idea. Skilful and super entertaining. There was one essay using a sports analogy and I skipped that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 10/23/2013

    " Another quirky and sometimes brilliant set of essays by Klosterman. I especially liked his dissection of the cultural importance of Ralph Sampson. If I had to chose between CK and M. Gladwell, I am leaning toward CK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy Corvan | 9/30/2013

    " Wow I loved this book. While I grew tired of the music essays, I thought that the whole book was very intriguing. I'm very much so looking forward to my next Klosterman book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Harben | 4/24/2013

    " Fantastic read. Klosterman's series of essays is entertaining and thought-provoking. Highly recommend to any twentysomething seeking media critique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matteo | 11/28/2012

    " The usual Klosterman. Some good, some great, some that I skim through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip Daymude | 11/12/2012

    " Chuck is always insightful, and some of these essays were really deep. They made me think about myself in a different way, and that's what a good book does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel S | 10/30/2012

    " Overall, I really liked Chuck Klosterman's narrative voice. He's a smart guy with lots to say on random topics. I wasn't such a fan of the two sports related essays, but I really liked some of the others, particularly the one about time travel and the one on laugh tracks. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Gamble | 9/2/2012

    " "I'm depressed a lot, usually for no reason (although sometimes I'm just hungry, which often feels the same)." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Smith | 1/19/2012

    " What a lot of clever ideas this guy has. I'm told it's not his best work, which is actually a pretty good compliment. The essay on the NFL got me thinking about my own business and how I should do things a little differently. Hopefully they will be valuable insights, and not just interesting ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 11/23/2011

    " Not sure what I thought...didn't really follow the theme of the book, and I don't think enough like Klosterman (or even follow many of his casual references) to feel like I was having a "conversation" with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristyn | 10/29/2011

    " Interesting and thought provoking..but I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha | 10/8/2011

    " Not my favorite of his books but it had a couple of gems inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 6/25/2011

    " if only i can be half as persuasive as Chuck in making logical arguments about seemingly crazy topics. Full of interesting ideas, must read for all smartasses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 6/23/2011

    " So far it is not nearly as entertaining as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low-Culture Manifesto. I'm holding onto it for a rainy day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 6/22/2011

    " Really this would be like a 3.8. I generally like what Klosterman writes but I expected more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooks | 6/21/2011

    " I've been picking at this since the start of the year. Chuck Klosterman is always fun to read. I enjoy all of the pop-culture references and all that. The essay on the Unabomber that closes the book is probably my favorite in the collection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 6/16/2011

    " La de da look how smart I am. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/14/2011

    " If you like comparing random musicans and sport anologies with social culture and maybe a little sociology than this is the book for you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/6/2011

    " Interesting stuff. I could have done without the sports references, but I appreciate Chuck Klosterman's selections and input. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 5/4/2011

    "
    I never thought that an essay on ABBA would become a literary ear worm for me, but I've been thinking about it for nearly 6 weeks now. You should, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/30/2011

    " I don't know why I like Chuck Klosterman so much. No one else I know seems to. Maybe I just like an interestingly constructed argument even if it sounds superfluous or ridiculous when I try to describe it someone 10 minutes later. "

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About the Author
Author Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Eating the Dinosaur, 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, the New York Times magazine, Spin, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and ESPN, and now writes about sports and pop culture for Grantland.com.

About the Narrator

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. HE started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Over the next seventeen years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995. In 2013 Ira Glass received the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.