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But what if we're wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past

Author: Chuck Klosterman
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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New York Times bestselling author 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chuck Klosterman
ISBN: 9780399184130 0399184139
OCLC Number: 983162322
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 272 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: A brief examination as to why this book is hopeless (and a briefer examination as to why it might not be) --
A quaint and curious volume of (destined-to-be) forgotten lore --
But that's the way I like it, Baby. I don't want to live forever. --
"Merit" --
Burn thy witches --
The world that is not there --
Don't tell me what happens. I'm recording it. --
Sudden death (over time) --
The case against freedom --
But what if we're right? --
Only the penitent man shall pass.
Other Titles: But what if we are wrong?
Responsibility: Chuck Klosterman.

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New York Times bestselling author 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? Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past.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 Diaz, 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.

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