Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
A Low Culture Manifesto

66%

9 Critic Reviews

He seems unaware that Jim Goad, Donna Gaines, and Ian Christe have already beaten the ersatz-populism thing to death. Humorous, slick, aggressively forgettable.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

About Chuck Klosterman

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Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.
 
Published August 26, 2003 by Scribner. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on May 20 2010

He seems unaware that Jim Goad, Donna Gaines, and Ian Christe have already beaten the ersatz-populism thing to death. Humorous, slick, aggressively forgettable.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark Greif on Feb 08 2008

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, an eclectic collection of essays and musings.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 19 2008

There's a lot more cold cereal than sex or drugs in Klosterman's nostalgic, patchy collection of pop cultural essays, which, despite sparks of brilliance, fails to cohere.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Noel Murray on Aug 11 2008

Sex, Drugs And Cocoa Puffs stands out as one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Evan Serpick on Aug 01 2008

If you're a loyal reader of Entertainment Weekly, you really should check out Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Iain Wear on Aug 01 2010

At times Klosterman seems too intelligent for his own good, although it could be that he's just too intelligent for me.

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About.com

Below average
Reviewed by Brian Houle on Aug 01 2008

Like most collections of short stories or essays, Chuck Klosterman struggles to maintain a consistent level of quality throughout the book.

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HSJ

Good
Reviewed by Rob Beatson on Feb 16 2008

Overall, Cocoa Puffs is a witty and masterfully stylistic read.

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Kepler's

Above average
Reviewed by Laura G. on May 01 2010

His comical insights are slightly more thought-provoking then his topics might inspire in someone less twisted.

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