Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

A Low Culture Manifesto

Book - 2003
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From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock City , comes another hilarious and discerning take on massively popular culture--set in Chuck Klosterman's den and your own--covering everything from the effect of John Cusack flicks to the crucial role of breakfast cereal to the awesome power of the Dixie Chicks.

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, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). 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, politics, and kittens, 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.'" Read to believe.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2003
ISBN: 9780743236003
0743236009
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 Klo
Characteristics: 244 p

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Felicia_Caro Apr 30, 2014

For those of you who like absolutely everything & hate yourself for it, this offers subtle guidelines/commentary

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jkeeg
Jun 15, 2013

This was average. I had read some of Chuck Klosterman's writing on Grantland.com, but I was surprised at the snarkiness and down-my-nose tone of the writing. Some of the essays were pretty insightful, especially the ones on Billy Joel, the Dixie Chicks, and media bias.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

I can't help but love this book. Witty, sarcastic, and thoroughly entertaining.

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penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

“You’re trying to compare apples and oranges.”

“Why do you keep saying that? Apples and oranges aren’t that different, really. I mean, they’re both fruit. Their weight is extremely similar. They both contain acidic elements. They’re both roughly spherical. They serve the same social purpose. With the possible exception of a tangerine, I can’t think of anything more similar to an orange than an apple…

…So how is this a metaphor for difference? I could understand if you said, ‘That’s like comparing apples and uranium,’ or ‘That’s like comparing apples and baby wolverines’, or ‘That’s like comparing apples with the early work of Raymond Carver,’ or ‘That’s like comparing apples with hermaphroditic ground sloths,’ Those would all be valid examples of profound disparity. But not apples and oranges. In every meaningful way, they’re virtually identical.”

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