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.
Matt K. (kman84) reviewed Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto on
As someone who grew up in the late 80's/early 90's, this book had me laughing out loud. Although I do not agree with the authors sometimes outrageous claims about society, He sure knows how to make a point using funny and obscure references. Such as the entire chapter on 'Saved by the Bell'. That in itself is worth reading the book.
Interesting if eclectic collection of essays on pop culture. Klosterman's viewpoint is sometimes insightful, sometimes annoying, sometimes makes you think, but should never be mistaken for something profound.