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Book Title: Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman|
Date of issue: July 6th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781416544210
The author of the book: Chuck Klosterman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.44 MB
Edition: Scribner / Simon & Schuster
Read full description of the books Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman:Ok, I’ve read every book Klosterman has written and I’m going to outline what I think was running through his mind when he wrote the excellent Eating The Dinosaur:
1. You know, if one more person asks me if I still watch The Real World or know that Screech was in a porno, I’m going to scream. No, I probably won’t scream. I’m from North Dakota, a courteous locale, so I will not scream. I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.
2. I’m glad I don’t have a real job. Some of my former basketball teammates back near Grand Forks are stuck in factories or the family farms, and we know how those industries are doing (although North Dakota has weathered the economic hard times better than people might expect). Still, it’s not like I sit around on my ass and watch syndicated television until inspiration hits. I need drugs, too. No, no, kidding. If everybody thinks writing like me is so easy, why doesn’t everyone write like me and get famous? I’m not afraid of any of the bloggers or goodreads reviewers. I did my time and honed my craft. But I write a lot, under deadline, interviewing people about whom I don’t care much, anything to get another article in Spin or Esquire.
3. Ok, that’s not true anymore. I used to whore myself out to magazines indiscriminately but after Downtown Owl and all the speaker fees I’m doing ok financially and don’t have to write another profile of the semiotics of old television shows if I don’t want to do so. Still, I probably should. This gravy train might not run forever.
4. I know I shouldn’t care that people think my job is easy but sometimes those people bug me. However, once I’m bugged, I can own the fact I’m bugged, shrug off the jealousy, go for a run, and stay humble. I know I’m crazy lucky to do what I do. I mean, I work hard but I know I’m lucky.
5. I’m married now. I should start acting like a grown-up. The hipster kids have already disowned me and re-owned me about seventeen times. I’m too old for this shit.
6. I write better than people expect, mostly from practice, and I’ve got good editors.
7. In turn, I’m going to write an excellent book (according to at least one GR reviewer) with thoughtful, top-notch essays about subjects like how Pepsi and Obama are linked and the similarities between Kurt Cobain and David Koresh. I will also write about football and Abba. These essays will be better researched than some of my previous work but retain the dizzying logic and “you thought X was this but we know it’s really Y and if we’re honest with ourselves we’ll acknowledge X is Y and we probably do acknowledge X is Y covertly so everyone knows but we pretend X is Y but says X is X” rhetoric. I’m not stupid. I know what works. But I don’t want to sound like I’m arguing in a bar at 4 in the morning anymore. I’m, like, your cousin’s husband at your sister’s graduation now. I’m kind of interesting, I guess, and I’m a decent listener, but the kids don’t take me seriously.
8. The final essay, on the Unabomber, will be the best essay I’ve ever written.
Maybe Klosterman didn’t think any of that. I don’t know. Maybe he plays the stock market and smokes cigars between donations to the NRA. Maybe he campaigned for Al Franken and has a secret crush on Rachel Maddow. I don’t care. Eating the Dinosaur is the work of a smart, perceptive man with an loyal audience, a generally optimistic disposition, and years of experience at the keyboard. I know he makes it look easy but I doubt writing like Klosterman is as easy as one might think. If you’re a Klosterman fan you’ll love Eating the Dinosaur. If you don’t like Klosterman you still might at least, upon reading these essays, fail to hate them. I’m glad Klosterman exists and I’m uncool enough to dig his work. And that makes me cool. X equals Y. Everybody knows it.
Read information about the authorCharles John "Chuck" Klosterman is an American pop-culture journalist, critic, humorist, and essayist. He was raised on a farm near Wyndmere, North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994. After college he was a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota and later an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in 2002.
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