Mike Dariano

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A low culture masterpiece

I just finished Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs; a book that could be subtitled A low culture philosophy primer.  It’s always surprising to read Klosterman because his subject manner seems distant from his expression.  He writes in such an elegant way about Guns n Roses tribute bands and Star Wars movies.  I’ve read each of his essay books so far published, though not in published order, and enjoyed them all.  Unfortunately I think I’m one of the last.  Klosterman writes for people in a very limited age range limited by experiences of popular culture.  While many people experience this culture – it is the popular choice – there are bands, movies, moments, experiences and music he comments on that aren’t fully understood. This is part of the experience.  Any decent op-ed in any paper will tie a pair of points in some sort of literary equivalent of a square know, a good one will resemble a consecutive line of sailing knots but Klosterman makes an entire web.  As all of the lines and intersections contribute to a ‘good’ spider web each of the references in the book makes it’s web more complete.  It’s easier to write for simple knots for simpler readers and not worry about their missing points.  This and other Klosterman books don’t do that.  They aim for an entire web, one you may get tangled in.

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