Mark’s #37 – Eating The Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman (2009)

Analayzing a wide-range of topics, Pop-culture philosopher Chuck Klosterman’s prose displays a rare ability to ask interesting and revealing questions about who we are and why we do what we do in today’s culture.  Whether he’s writing about the evolving nature of football, the ‘fight the system’ attitude of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, the debacle that was the U.S. governments handling of David Koresh and his Waco compound, the feasibility of time travel, or the astute technological observations by the Unabomber, Klosterman helps the reader to pause and think in an age of shallow thinking.

Some of the articles (which best describes the chapters since there is no overarching theme or connection between chapters), I found a bit boring, particularly the ones relating to musicians and bands.  I realize that pop music, its stars, and its lyrics have a wide-reaching effect on culture, but it’s just not my thing.

For a better review of this book, read Ron’s – I’m glad Ron will be able to talk with me about the West Coast Offense (if he remembers), and I’ll be able to relate to him through his love for ABBA (confession: I skimmed over this chapter, since I have no interest in ABBA).

 

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