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Klosterman, Chuck 1972-

Overview
Works: 122 works in 343 publications in 9 languages and 12,728 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Essays  Psychological fiction  Interviews  Filmed performances  Rock concert films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  History 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Chuck Klosterman
But what if we're wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and Czech and held by 1,662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't. But What If We're Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or--weirder still--widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we "overrate" democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we've reached the end of knowledge? Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We're Wrong? is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkers--George Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among others--interwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt. It's a seemingly impossible achievement: a book about the things we cannot know, explained as if we did. It's about how we live now, once "now" has become "then.""--
I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined) by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he related to the cultural figures who represented goodness -- but as an adult, he found himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better). They wanted to be evil. And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying (and why are we so obsessed with saying it)? How does the culture of deliberate malevolence operate? The author questions the modern understanding of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Bernhard Goetz the same way we see Batman? Who is more worthy of our vitriol -- Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still haunted by some kid he knew for one week in 1985?
Downtown Owl : a novel by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tale based on a deadly 1984 North Dakota blizzard follows the experiences of a small rural community devoted to its high-school athletics and its citizens' minor scandals, until a dangerous storm impacts the town in unsettling and powerful ways
Sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs : a low culture manifesto by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores a range of modern cultural phenomenon, including Internet pornography, tribute bands, baseball rivalries, and reality television
Eating the dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The best-selling author of Downtown Owl and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs takes a humorous look at expectations versus reality in pop culture, sports, and media, in a book that explores such questions as: Why is pop culture obsessed with time travel?; What do Kurt Cobain and David Koresh have in common?; and much more
The visible man : a novel by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Russian and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treating a delusional scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible, Austin therapist Victoria Vick becomes obsessed with his accounts of spying on the private lives of others
Chuck Klosterman IV : a decade of curious people and dangerous ideas by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book consists of three parts: Things That Are True: profiles and trend stories: Britney Spears, Radiohead, Billy Joel, Metallica, Val Kilmer, Bono, Wilco, the White Stripes, Steve Nash, Morrissey, Robert Plant--all with new introductions and footnotes. Things That Might Be True: opinions and theories on everything from monogamy to pirates to robots to super people to guilt and (of course) advancement--all with new hypothetical questions and footnotes. Something That Isn't True At All: This is new fiction. There's an introduction, but no footnotes. Well, there's a footnote in the introduction, but none in the story.--From publisher description
Chuck Klosterman X : a highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural critic Chuck Klosterman compiles and contextualizes his favorite articles and essays from the past decade, spanning the realms of culture and sports, while also addressing interpersonal issues, social quandaries, and ethical boundaries. Many of the articles are enhanced with previously unpublished passages and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese Democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena
But what if we're wrong? by Chuck Klosterman( Recording )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't
Chuck Klosterman IV : a decade of curious people and dangerous ideas by Chuck Klosterman( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pop-culture-enthusiast Klosterman anthologizes his previously published rock interviews, opinion pieces, and a short story to create an entertaining collection of his works
Downtown Owl : a novel by Chuck Klosterman( Recording )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chuck Klosterman faces the question of what it is to be normal in his debut novel about an isolated, far-from-typical town in North Dakota
Killing yourself to live : 85% of a true story by Chuck Klosterman( Book )

27 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building on the national bestselling success of "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs," pop culture writer Klosterman unleashes his best book yet--the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death
Sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs : [a low culture manifesto (now with a new middle)] by Chuck Klosterman( Recording )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klosterman takes on the entire spectrum of postmodern America, including reality TV, Pamela Anderson, and literary Jesus freaks
I wear the black hat : grappling with villains (real and imagined) by Chuck Klosterman( Recording )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes
The visible man by Chuck Klosterman( Recording )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Treating a delusional scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible, Austin therapist Victoria Vick becomes obsessed with his accounts of spying on the private lives of others
Chuck Klosterman X : the audio companion to a highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century by Chuck Klosterman( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York Times-bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman's articles and essays covering the past decade, including keystone pieces about Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, Jimmy Page, KISS, Stephen Malkmus, Jonathan Franzen, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Taylor Swift, Tom Brady, and many more cultural figures and phenomena. Chuck Klosterman has created an incomparable body of work in books, magazines, newspapers, and on the Web. Ten years and four books into his atypical career, Klosterman released a collection of his previously published journalism, essays, and columns titled Chuck Klosterman IV. The volume solidified his reputation as a cultural critic who can span the realms of pop culture and sports, but who can also address interpersonal issues, social quandaries, and ethical boundaries. Since then, Klosterman has written five more bestsellers, helped found and establish Grantland, served as the New York Times Magazine Ethicist, and worked on film and television productions, all while maintaining a consistent stream of writing in outlets such as GQ, Billboard, The Believer, The A.V. Club, and The Guardian.Chuck Klosterman X collects those many pieces along with fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. The pieces are organized in categories (e.g. "White Dudes Holding Guitars") and Klosterman presents many of the articles in original form, before they were trimmed down for space, so they feature previously unpublished structures, passages, and signature digressions. The final part of the book includes Klosterman's epic 10,000-word KISS retrospective, which proved once and for all that no one knows KISS like Chuck Klosterman -- an entertaining return to his Fargo Rock City roots. Chuck Klosterman X is the culmination and celebration of two decades in journalism and books from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers and chroniclers of our unusual times
Chuck klosterman on film and television : a collection of previously published essays by Chuck Klosterman( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Chuck Klosterman IV; and Eating the Dinosaur, these essays are now available in this ebook collection for fans of Klosterman's writing on media and culture
Killing yourself to live : 85% of a true story by Chuck Klosterman( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author recounts his more than 6,500-mile journey across America, during which he visited the sites of famous rock star deaths and experienced philosophical changes of perspective
Eating the dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Book of All-New Pop Culture Pieces by Chuck Klosterman Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen 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 mediums 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 fan's 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. Q: What is this book about? A: Well, that's difficult to say. I haven't read it yet - I've just clicked on it and casually glanced at this webpage. There clearly isn't a plot. I've heard there's a lot of stuff about time travel in this book, and quite a bit about violence and Garth Brooks and why Germans don't laugh when they're inside grocery stores. Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play significant roles. I think there are several pages about Rear Window and football and Mad Men and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having sex with Asian women. Supposedly there's a chapter outlining all the things the Unabomber was right about, but perhaps I'm misinformed. Q: Is there a larger theme? A: Oh, something about reality. "What is reality," maybe? No, that's not it. Not exactly. I get the sense that most of the core questions dwell on the way media perception constructs a fake reality that ends up becoming more meaningful than whatever actually happened. Q: Should I read this book? A: Probably. Do you see a clear relationship between the Branch Davidian disaster and the recording of Nirvana's In Utero? Does Barack Obama make you want to drink Pepsi? Does ABBA remind you of AC/DC? If so, you probably don't need to read this book. You probably wrote this book. But I suspect everybody else will totally love it, except for the ones who absolutely hate it." --
Shut up and play the hits : the very loud ending of LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem (Musical group)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for 48 hours: before, during, and after the group's farewell show
 
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Sex, drugs, and cocoa puffs : a low culture manifestoEating the dinosaurThe visible man : a novelChuck Klosterman IV : a decade of curious people and dangerous ideasChuck Klosterman IV : a decade of curious people and dangerous ideasDowntown Owl : a novelKilling yourself to live : 85% of a true storySex, drugs, and cocoa puffs : [a low culture manifesto (now with a new middle)]Killing yourself to live : 85% of a true story
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Chuck Klosterman Amerikaans journalist

Chuck Klosterman Author, Columnist

Chuck Klosterman US-amerikanischer Journalist und Autor

Klosterman, Charles 1972-

Klosterman, Charles John, 1972-

Klosterman, Chuck

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