Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Seth Vannatta

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812697626

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy: The Real and the Cereal (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

Seth Vannatta

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0812697626

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since he burst on the world with his heavy-metal memoir Fargo Rock City in 2001, Chuck Klosterman has been one of the most successful novelists and essayists in America. His collections of essays Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas have established Klosterman not only as a credible spokesman for intelligent purveyors of popular culture. His writings and regular columns (in Spin, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and other venues) about music, sports, and modern culture have sometimes become themselves touchstones in popular culture. The success of his card-based game Hypertheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations has demonstrated that Klosterman can connect with his fans and readers even off the printed page.

As he writes in his contribution to this book, Klosterman “enjoys writing about big, unwieldy ideas” as they circulate in culture, in people, in music, and in sports. The twenty-two other philosophers writing alongside Klosterman couldn’t agree more. They offer their own take on the concepts and puzzles that fascinate him and take up many of Chuck’s various challenges to answer brain-twisting "hypertheticals" or classic ethical quandaries that would arise if, say, Aristotle wandered backstage at a Kiss concert.

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identification with the rockers? We have noticed that ol’ Chuck is well shorn, in that sort of thirty-something Justin Bieber-quaffed look. Is this an accident or a purposeful attempt to be the calm, unassuming rocker? Maybe in his early years, Chuck’s mother was a great role-model. She must have taught him to cope stoically with all the troubles in life. That could be the main reason why Chuck took a reasonable and measured approach to rock music. The Stoics, from their founder in Athens by

suspending the distance and hierarchies between those who travel the supposed paths of high and low culture. We find this liberating. The varied contributors to this book follow Chuck’s lead, navigating the intersection between Socrates and Saved by the Bell in a way that breaks down the strict distinction between supposedly high and low culture. The authors are fans and critics, devotees and doubters, but we’re all inspired by Chuck’s come-what-may mantra. We celebrate the logic of

requires being both an observer of the self and being the observed. Who better than our friend Chuck Klosterman to tell us about the experience of observing those who are observing themselves? And who better than some of the celebrities that Chuck has interviewed to tell us a little bit about ourselves by telling us a little bit about their selves? There is something interesting to note about our relation as readers to Chuck Klosterman as the author and as the interviewer. In a sense, we (the

the values of pluralism and diversity should welcome Klosterman’s rigorous attempt to explicate, evaluate, and examine low culture. If it is a liberal truism that no one has a monopoly on truth and if intellectuals believe that both the elite few and the not-so-elite many can benefit from exposure to those supposedly great philosophers that make up the Western Canon, why would it seem strange if a serious examination of popular culture would yield fruitful results? Klosterman’s work is a tribute

woman, who fucks up and lies about it, but who still inspires us? Look, Chuck’s a god. He has followers. They rock to him, and he gives them hope. They head-bang to his sermons. They rejoice over songs, and quote his lines. Hell, he’s there to pray to when you need him. Let us now worship him in our favorite band tees: Our Chuck who art back stage hallowed be thy guitar solo The beer will come the ladies be done in the interview as well as in the den Give us today our daily F-bomb and

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