Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (Paperback)

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If Cartman from “South Park” wrote a social manifesto I image that it
would be very similar to Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs and I mean this in
the best possible way. So many of Klosterman’s observations ring true
that, between laughs, I find myself nodding yes again and again. It is a
special mind that can see parallels between the Trix Rabbit and
Sisyphus or how the show “Saved by the Bell” says so much about my
generation. At times the most irreverent insights can also be the most
can be the most profound and this is what makes the book so much fun.

— Matt


From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock City, comes another hilarious and discerning take on massively popular culture--set in Chuck Klosterman's den and your own--covering everything from the effect of John Cusack flicks to the crucial role of breakfast cereal to the awesome power of the Dixie Chicks.

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don't even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane--usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but--really--it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'" Read to believe.

Praise For…

The Onion a.v. club

One of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century.


Quintessential Klosterman -- sometimes exasperating but almost always engaging.

San Francisco Chronicle

The reigning Kasparov of pop culture wits-matching.

The Washington Post

Maddeningly smart and funny...[Klosterman's] good humor, compassion, and raw associative powers put him in the same league as Nick Hornby and Douglas Coupland, though he's a more tenacious critic than either.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780743236010
ISBN-10: 0743236017
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2004
Pages: 253
Language: English

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