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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman. Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen years. He’s covered extreme metal, extreme nostalgia, disposable art, disposable heroes, life on the road, life through the television, urban uncertainty and small-town weirdness.
Through a variety of mediums and with a multitude of motives, he’s written about everything he can think of and a Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen years. Through a variety of mediums and with a multitude of motives, he’s written about everything he can think of and a lot that he’s forgotten. The world keeps accelerating, but the pop ideas keep coming.
In Eating the DinosaurKlosterman is more entertaining and incisive than ever. Whether he’s dissecting the boredom of voyeurism, the reason why music fans inevitably hate their favorite band’s latest album, or why we love watching can’t-miss superstars fail spectacularly, Klosterman remains obsessed with the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history.
It’s amateur anthropology for the present tense, and sometimes it’s incredibly funny. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Eating the Dinosaurplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 21, RandomAnthony rated it really liked it. I will feel embarrassed for the questioner and remove myself from the interaction as quickly as possible.
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. I need drugs, too. I did my time and honed my craft.
Still, I probably should.
This gravy train might not run forever. I should start acting like a grown-up. The hipster kids have already disowned me and re-owned me about seventeen times.
I will also write about football and Abba. I know what works. 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. 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.
Book Review: Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman | Agent Palmer
I know he makes it look easy but I doubt writing like Klosterman is as easy as one might think. And that makes me cool. View all 4 comments. Oct 28, christa rated it liked it.
I did not read Chuck Bh entire book “Eating the Kloosterman. Klosterman busts through the fourth wall in his essay about football to suggest that if you aren’t into football, you can jump this chapter. I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA. He’ll probably say something about Britny Spears in Here’s a confession: He’ll probably say something about Britny Spears in here somewhere,” he stops the bus and holds open the door once again: Klosterman’s most-recent compilation of essays includes comparisons between David Koresh and Kurt Cobain, the mislaid career of dinosaru once-great athlete, and why observing his longtime neighbor through her window was never really interesting.
He talks about why Weezer fans never appreciate Weezer albums, Twitter, and the Unibomber. It is all done with Klosterman’s patented template. He seems to randomly draws two topics out of a hat, finds a way to weave them together, tne throws in an opinion on why an intelligent, shape-shifting metal is more believable in “Terminator” than time travel. This book is fine. There is not te lot that differs from any of his other books — post “Fargo Rock City” — including the ones that are fiction or first cousins of fiction.
Sometimes this is fine. It’s like always ordering the wild rice kllsterman and beer battered fries from the Brewhouse. It tastes good, but it doesn’t come with a hell of a lot of suprises. Sometimes it feels like Klosterman could be more something. This is what it is like to read one of Chuck Klosterman’s compilations of nonfiction essays: It is like being on vacation in a small town in a weird state and seeing some guy wearing a T’shirt with the name of your favorite dive bar printed on the front.
You’ve been to Dick’s Crab Shack!
We go there all the time! There you are in a mess of words that may or may not interest you and he mentions something you like or remember liking. At one point while I was reading this book, Klosterman mentioned Matt Dillon and the band Was Not Was although this has noting to do with the title within a few pages of each other. Both of these topics had come up in a conversation I’d had with my boyfriend earlier in the day.
I can’t tell if this means we are all psychically linked, or if it just means that Klosterman talks about everything in the world at least once. Nov 29, Derek Wolfgram rated it it was ok. I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl.
In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman’s books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that vinosaur published. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing.
I’ll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here: Eating the Dinosaur reminds m Meh. Eating the Dinosaur reminds me of what I’ve read about the last few years of Lenny Bruce’s life.
Razor sharp wit degenerated into whiny self-absorption and self-reference. While the occasional glimpse of genius was still visible, the overall impression of his rants was that they were just plain boring and sad.
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He doesn’t take anything else seriously, which is what used to make him fun to read – if he could stop taking himself so seriously, I’d enjoy his writing a lot more. Most of xinosaur time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces. And I incidentally refer to him by his entire name, “Chuck Klosterman,” because I cannot imagine the alternatives–or rather, I can, but I am uncomfortable with them. The weirdest part of this was reading it earlier this week Sunday, the 12th of Septemberand stopping before reaching the end, and then having dinner with friends, one of whom my very best friend heard an NPR report on the way to picking up dinner about how the Unabomber was deeply affected by some weird Cold War experiment at Harvard, and then going back to Chuck Klosterman’s book, where the final essay was about.
I think my Facebook update about this said something to the effect that not since Don DeLillo’s White Noise has a book reflected nearly exactly who Chuk was and what I was thinking at a specific moment in history. I’ve since thought about maybe a half-dozen other books that did the same thing most recently Roberto Bolano’sbut Klosterman’s ease of access and rough-hewn prose, which is actually quite difficult to parse out to read to friends and loved ones so you end up reading nearly the whole thing out loud, to the consternation of the aforementionedharkens back eatinv DeLillo’s effortless klostermzn of my brain back in the eighties.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Nov 24, Gus Sanchez rated it it was amazing Shelves: For one take on Eating the Dinosaurcheck out Anthony Shafer’s reviewwhich kicks ass in it’s own way. Chuck Klosterman’s previous series of essays, Chuck Klosterman IV read more like a collection of rarities and half-formed ideas that left me wondering if Klosterman might be more enthralled with his celebrity as perhaps the pre-eminent pop culture essayist alive than being the pre-eminent pop culture essayist.
All those fears were put to rest after reading Eating the Dinosaur. Simply put, Eatin For one take on Eating the Dinosaurcheck out Anthony Shafer’s reviewwhich kicks ass in it’s own way. Simply put, Eating the Dinosaur is the finest collection of essays Chuck Klosterman has ever penned.
He even addresses those “sell out” fears in the first essay, attempting to reconcile his craft with his celebrity.
It doesn’t always work, Chuck writes, but there really is no other way. The essays get better, stronger after that. His essay on the cult of personality surround Kurt Cobain takes a chilling and deadly accurate turn when he makes the link between Cobain and David Koresh, the apocalypse-spewing leader of the Branch Davidians.
Not to say that Cobain was gunning for a Waco-style end of days, but both Cobain and Koresh attracted a cult of personality; one completely rejected it, when he should have embraced it, the other embraced it, when he should have rejected it. This essay alone is worth the price of the book. Yet Klosterman saves his best essay for last; his rumination on the mad ramblings of Ted Kaczinski, aka the Unabomber, may be one of the best essays you’ll read in a long time.
Klosterman proves here he’s not just the best pop-culture essayist alive, but one of the best essayists alive, period. I felt as if Chuck wrote this book for me. I’ve had conversations like the essays he’s penned in this collection. I’m sorry I doubted you, Chuck. Oct 28, ReaderM rated it really liked it. Eating the Dinosaur is a simple collection of essays that will slightly twist your mind but present a pleasant read. In reading the ‘Easting the Dinosaur’ you could say this is just a cheap collection of essays by a guy whose editors told him; “hey it’s been a while since you released a book” throw something together quick.
I honestly wouldn’t disagree w So I’ve never read a book by Chuck Klosterman and after reading Eating The Dinosaur, I’m honestly started to wonder what I’ve done with my life.