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Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs A Low Culture Manifesto Author:Chuck Klosterman 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 An... more »derson, 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.« less
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A friend of mine said that reading Chuck Klosterman is like eating caramel corn. At the beginning, it tastes amazing and seems like the best idea ever, but later on, it might give you a tummyache. Fun, enjoyable, a little self-righteous, but self-consciously so, so it's disarming.
Kelly Y. reviewed Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto on
Helpful Score: 4
I grew up near Chuck and am the same age, met him a few years back. He's a great guy and used to write for the High Plains Reader in the Grand Forks, Fargo North Dakota area. That being said, the books is really REALLY lacking in substance, but he knows it. Hence the title. If you are 30 years old or thereabouts... you'll get some good chuckles from a lot of what he writes, but the rest if fluffy.
A "manifesto" has a message, and Klosterman doesn't -- the book is made up of disjointed essays and commentaries on various aspects of pop culture. Some of his points don't stand up against basic logic and rhetoric tests.
This book of essays was pretty funny - the Zack Morris chapter was particularly good fun. And I did enjoy the hypothetical questions, but the book just wasn't up there with my favorites - probably because there were too many references and sections on things that I don't care for, such as The Real World.