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Eating the Dinosaur av Chuck Klosterman
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Eating the Dinosaur (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2009)

av Chuck Klosterman

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The best-selling author of Downtown Owl and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs takes a humorous look at expectations versus reality in pop culture, sports, and media, in a book that explores such questions as: Why is pop culture obsessed with time travel?; What do Kurt Cobain and David Koresh have in common?; and much more.… (mer)
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Titel:Eating the Dinosaur
Författare:Chuck Klosterman
Info:Scribner (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 256 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Eating the Dinosaur av Chuck Klosterman (2009)

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DNF at 45%

I just did not care about what this man had to say. It's a bunch of essays in a book as well which is not my preferred type of read.
  Fatula | Jun 17, 2024 |
I loved this bit:

"Nevermind and In Utero are not as different as Cobain had hoped: The songwriting is pretty similar ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Rape Me' are essentially identical, both sounding like Boston's "More Than a Feeling") "

...and it's true. It was as good as his others, and I did skip the 2 chapters in sports (which he knew I would do), but overall I really enjoyed it. ( )
  AshleyVanessaGG | Jul 6, 2020 |
This one took me longer to read than Klosterman's previous work, and I don't think it was just because I was busy. Even though I still agree with or at least respect most of his opinions and find him to be an insightful, intelligent, interesting, and comedic writer, I just wasn't as captivated by what he had to say this time. In fact, a lot of it felt repeated - like he was taking the same ideas and just using another piece of pop culture to arrive at those ideas. Regardless, it was still an enjoyable read and, had I not read any of his previous work, perhaps I would have gobbled it up just as quickly as the others. ( )
  myfishpajamas | May 17, 2020 |
Boring. Read the others. I don't even remember the essays in this one. ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Could it be possible for a man to be more wrong on a regular basis?

If you're writing a time-travel essay, you had better get little things like the plot of Back to the Future 2 right, especially if an argument revolves around what you say happened! Again and again, he pulls out these kinds of factual confusions and mis-judgments until I finally had to stop reading to keep myself from throwing the book against the wall.

In retrospect, my warning sign should have been the book getting interesting when Errol Morris showed up for a few pages and talked about his interests and then immediately getting frustrating again once he had left the scene.

Still mad. ( )
  gregorybrown | Oct 18, 2015 |
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From the lyrics of ABBA and other groups to the best response to social and political allegations of misconduct, this is a hilarious--and pointed--set of cultural observations.
tillagd av sduff222 | ändraCalifornia Bookwatch (Jan 1, 2010)
 
Inevitably, Klosterman’s awkward confessionals creep into the foreground of these essays, nudging aside the heaps of celebrity tabloid fodder he molds like so much Play-Doh. He wonders if anything he does is “real.” He talks about his self-hatred, his insanity, his defeatism, his technophobia, his susceptibility to duplicitous advertising, and even his recreational voyeurism. We learn more about the inner Chuck than we do about greatness, authenticity, technological evils, or the rest of Dinosaur’s shopworn Intro to Culture Studies lecture material.

In other words, the once-galvanized heavy-metal monster behind Fargo Rock City now just sounds like a bad emo band.
tillagd av Shortride | ändraBookforum, Michael Sandlin (Oct 16, 2009)
 
The result is a collection as much about the author and his way of thinking as it is about his topics. In both cases, the author is unique.

Funny, irreverent and fascinating--Klosterman at his best.
tillagd av sduff222 | ändraKirkus Reviews (Sep 15, 2009)
 
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The best-selling author of Downtown Owl and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs takes a humorous look at expectations versus reality in pop culture, sports, and media, in a book that explores such questions as: Why is pop culture obsessed with time travel?; What do Kurt Cobain and David Koresh have in common?; and much more.

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