Killing Yourself to Live has ratings and reviews. Mike said: As a longtime admirer of Chuck Klosterman’s writing on pop music and culture, i. Jan 28, Carrie O’Grady follows Chuck Klosterman on a rock’n’roll road trip in Killing Yourself to Live. Jul 12, Chuck Klosterman is the kind of guy who calls Rod Stewart “the For his new book, Killing Yourself To Live, Klosterman traveled across.
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Instead of making an honest assessment of life and his surroundings, he uses this sleight of hand in his pop culture internalizing to beat it back and not deal with it in any meaningful way.
So this book would have been a LOT better in my mind if it had either a Actually talked klksterman about dead rock stars or b Been a little clearer that I am going to start ,illing review by saying that Chuck’s friend was right. Klosterman is used to skating by on the wit and originality of his own personal world-view; in his last collection, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, his observations on MTV, pornography, video games, and so on, emerged from klostermaan perspective that led him to some surprising conclusions.
The road is hard. What this book is is a big heap of facts and rumors associated with different rock bands and their dead members. I instantly wanted to tell everyone I knew to read klostermaj book so that we could have intellectual conversations about life, death, love.
Now, I have neither the desire nor the talent nor the skill nor the inclination to really do what he does. I read this book in spurts over the last 6 months, basically a chapter or two every time I found myself at the bookstore chck an extended period of time which has allowed me to slowly digest what is wrong with it: Killing Yourself to Live: For 6, miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying.
I love how full of shit this guy is. So, what actually happens in the book is that Klosterman drives to the various sites of crashes, ODs, and suicides, overtly searches for something metaphorical to tie these sites to higher truths, and arranges the road trip so that he can visit his family back in Minnesota and spend time with the three great loves of his life, scattered as they are across the country. Metzler rated it did not like it.
In a rented Ford Tauruswhich he nicknamed ” Tauntaun “, Klosterman encounters a variety of interesting circumstances and people along the way, such as a teenager in Missoula, Montanawho asks him to sell her some cannabisor a Cracker Barrel waitress who reads Kafka. No trivia or quizzes yet. For 6, miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying.
YEP, we got along fine. Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffspreeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet—the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death. It’s hard not to be instantly won over, especially fo you liked John Cusack in High Fidelity.
See my review of “Fargo Rock City” for more on that point: May 17, Abe Brennan rated it really liked it. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. Well, that settles it: Does that seem deep or even interesting to the average reader?
But the work it actually requires to write good sic and intersting is not really all that appealing to me. It moves around a lot, inserts references that aren’t always clear, but thats part of its charm. For a better description of what is to hate about this book that serves also as a cautionary tale for would-be writers about what an audience most definitely ain’t interested in reading about, read “Mike’s” review tl he gives the book a star: The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade.
Screw you, Dave Eggers, for affecting modern nonfiction writing in this way.
There were times w Klosterman has a voice like no other. Klosterman is a reflection of all of us at our most earnest and sometimes most awkward. Ultimately, the author should have listened to his friend Lucy Chance. Apr 27, Katherine Furman rated it did not like it.
But I can also see how other people might not like Klosterman. The whole book was like catnip to me — but then again, I’m a thirtysomething music nerd. When that movie first started to gain cult status, every fucking person I worked with would say “Oh, man, that movie is about me. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!
The premise is promising: There were times where I got lost in his music references and how they related to things in his life. But that doesn’t make him any less fun to be with. I got a comment on an article once that said “Fuck Chuck Klostermand and his bullshit intellectualism, Cook is the new crown prince of music journalism” and who am I to disagree with SeductiveBarry’s astute assessment?
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Killing Yourself to Live Trade Paperback And while that stuff is in there, it is almost a footnote. That’s what reading this book is like.
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