15 June, 2013

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman [Sue W, Central City Library]

How can you not pick up a book with a title like this? Chuck Klosterman is like the funny guy everyone knew at high school, with an opinion on everything, and a rapid fire comeback for every attempt to outsmart him.

Sometimes irritating sure, but as a collection of essays on pop culture and the absurdities of modern life, he is hugely entertaining. The best part being that you can skip over any essay that doesn't interest you or shut the book when you feel you've reached your tolerance level. This book is best read by dipping into it in small bites and picking whatever essay interests you at a given time rather than in a sequential  cover to cover manner.

Klosterman's small asides at the end of each essays on his personal life are especially entertaining, making no apology for his intense self interested focus throughout the book. I especially enjoyed reading his 23 questions he asks of potential partners before deciding if he can really fall in love with them. There is alot to like about this book, best enjoyed knowing that nothing written can be taken too seriously, but rather enjoyed for its superficial yet somehow fitting commentaries on popular culture.

Title: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs
Author: Chuck Klosterman
ISBN: 9780743236010
Published: 2004
Publisher: N.Y.: Scribner

 - Sue W, Central City Library

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