Eating the Dinosaur

by Chuck Klosterman (Author)
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After a bestselling and acclaimed diversion into fiction, Chuck Klosterman, author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, returns to the form in which he?s been spectacularly successful with a collection of essays about our consumption of pop culture and sports.

Q: What is this book about?

A: Well, that?s difficult to say. I haven?t read it yet?I?ve just picked it up and casually glanced at the back cover. 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 college 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. Also, Lady Gaga.

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 totally hate it.

Book details

Publication date
October 20, 2009
Page count
Paper ISBN
File size
3 MB