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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Klosterman Narrator: Chuck Klosterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780743564304
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Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Pamela Anderson, and literary Jesus freaks. And don’t even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he’ll make you laugh, and he’ll drive you insane—usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, and politics but—really—it’s about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, “In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever ‘in and of itself.’”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Maddeningly smart and funny...[Klosterman’s] good humor, compassion, and raw associative powers put him in the same league as Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland.”

    Washington Post

  • “Klosterman has written a book that deftly skewers Americans’ dysfunctional love affair with everything and anyone famous...Sometimes provocative, sometimes insightful, and almost always very funny.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Klosterman is thoughtful, witty, and insightful about subjects most writers would dismiss as brainless, witless, and shallow.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “[This is] pop culture dissected with a razor sharp wit...in hilariously obsessive detail.”

    Rockford Register Star

  • “Quintessential Klosterman.”

    GQ

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalía | 2/20/2014

    " This book started off very interesting and fun, but in a short while the writing lacked any cohesion and the author rambled on and on as if he were fatigued and under the influence. And then it got weirder and weirder as if he was hallucinating by taking one of the stronger drugs. I wasn't expecting the book to thoroughly discuss basketball or pornography or the Internet.I have not taken LSD and yet, I thought I was experiencing a flashback. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 angrykitty | 2/17/2014

    " i think that i wanted to like this book more than i actually did. i read it quickly, and i found myself relating to a whole lot of it, but i think that's what my biggest problem with the book was....it was like reading a book written by that guy you knew in college that you would have those stupid drawn out conversations after a long night no good.....it was cool then, but i'm not so sure about how cool it is reading those conversations now.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laur | 2/10/2014

    " A few funny, cerebral, quips is all Klosterman is good for. It was amusing, but I just don't think I can really appreciate his style of writing. I'm too loyal to the classics. At least I made an attempt to step outside of my usual genres. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amee | 2/9/2014

    " Really entertained by this book for the chapters on why he hates John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler in 'Say Anything' (because all women love him), and the Saved by the Bell strange time-space lapse where they lost Jessie and Kelly. Hysterical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rolo de la France | 2/7/2014

    " Por pedio de Spin. Muy buen libro!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Biz | 1/27/2014

    " While I appreciate Klosterman's ironic tone and rabbit trail reasoning, an entire book of it is a little much. Plus I only grasp about 1/2 of the pop culture references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan Sheppard | 1/19/2014

    " A light read, but it's still stimulating and thought-provoking. An interesting approach to tackling different parts of pop culture. Klosterman is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lola | 1/19/2014

    " Entertaining but nothing prodigal or prophetic. Maybe I'm just giving this a low rating because I would rather discuss ingrown hair follicles or mold spores than sports and anytime Billy Joel comes on the radio I become nauseated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Chernick | 1/19/2014

    " Slow at times, and for essays most of them are of a decent length. But I found the writing style and subject matters very entertaining! "

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

    " 3.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/16/2013

    " Very intriguing and funny essays! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Collado | 12/13/2013

    " It was a good read, with a couple of great essays. All around average: some great, some eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adonna | 12/10/2013

    " My emotions and thoughts about this one run the gamut. At times it is funny, droll, poignant, infuriating and pompous, but nearly every essay is thought provoking. I didn't always agree with Klosterman's perceptions and opinions, but he does make you see things in a different light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Johnston | 11/28/2013

    " A fun read. I loved all the chapter titles! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 6/25/2013

    " I thought this was a funny book. I grew up in the same time frame and was amused by a lot of media references. I'm sure a lot of people find him rude and offensive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kokolani Missett | 5/24/2013

    " I found this ontemporary book very funny and look forward to reading more of his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Melillo | 2/11/2013

    " I think I read this book too late to appreciate. It's been best-selling away for years, but I just put it off. As a result, not as funny as it was hyped. Ah well, such is the life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leiris | 2/7/2013

    " About as insightful as a bumpersticker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/4/2013

    " Hilarious. Klosterman is so smart it hurts my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Siess | 12/8/2012

    " Klosterman has the amazing ability to make me think that he is a complete douche and love him for it. I can't imagine giving less than four stars to any book that thinks a ten thousand word essay on "Saved By the Bell" is necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Hinojosa | 9/19/2012

    " cock-y "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Liu | 9/15/2012

    " Pretty funny, pretty easy to pick up and stop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 4/4/2012

    " Perfect mindless fun that makes you think about things you never thought about - and deeply thought about by someone you can't believe took the time to do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick T | 12/16/2011

    " Started very strong, headed slightly downhill toward the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 8/11/2011

    " I loved this series of essays by Spin writer Klosterman. Irrevrant, twisted and hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cole | 6/22/2011

    " A quirky, funny read. Not a compelling page-turner but a funny book full of humorous insights and commentary on everyday life. Easy read with fun in mind. "

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

    " Very thoughtful work on current American culture...recommended to me by my daughter, Sarah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 6/17/2011

    " some of it was interesting, but I have to say most of the time I kept thinking to myself shut-up Chuck "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wileyacez | 6/8/2011

    " This was my first Klosterman book and I've gone on to read all of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dx-xb | 6/6/2011

    " Surprisingly, unapologetically chauvinistic in spots. A fun read otherwise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 6/6/2011

    " Klosterman's opinions irk me in a way I just wish they wouldn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 6/6/2011

    " 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the "Real World" analysis. And I do not play soccer either. "

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

    " He's very entertaining even when you don't have any knowledge of the cultural references. My favourite section was about love - how he believes that the idea of love manifested by today's society is unattainable and therefore no one will be satisfied with the love that does exist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 5/29/2011

    " I loved it in high school. I still enjoy it now, but in a more confectionary, not life-changing, way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ixxa | 5/25/2011

    " Este tipo a veces es mi héroe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 5/20/2011

    " This kind of knowledge is like a vivid dream you suddenly pull out of the cosmic ether, eight hours after waking up. -Chuck Klosterman
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