Thursday, January 29, 2009

Currently Reading...

The Book: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (by Chuck Klosterman)

This is a recommendation from an old friend, who I haven't seen in nearly two years. It was about two years ago he told me to read Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. I told him I'd look into it. And I did.

For the last couple of years, I'd see it at the book store. Maybe I'd hear it referenced. Or online here or there. I never really gave it much thought. That is until today. I came across it at the public library in the book on tape (which now should be called a book on CD... soon to be pod cast) section. I thought, "Hey... what the hell?" and checked it out.

I was meeting up with my girlfriend for lunch today. I had about 20 minutes to kill before she got there. I popped it in on the drive over, and my initial thought was "Wow... is this guy going to be the narrator the whole CD?" It is read by the author (Chuck Klosterman), who has a nasally voice with nerd-like vocabulary. I won't lie... my initial thought was "Shit... what did I get myself into?"

However, after letting it play for five minutes, I didn't care. I was fully engulfed in his hilarious monologue. He is even self-aware of his nerdiness as he compares himself to Woody Allen. In part of the first chapter he associates himself with a class of intellectual nerds, who are, in reality, unattractive to women. Upon turning the case over and seeing his picture... I understood why he would compare himself to Woody Allen.

Anyway, from what I can tell... this is going to be a great read (or... technically... I guess, a great listen)! The book's premise is (according to Wikipedia:,_Drugs_and_Cocoa_Puffs ) a collection of 18 comedic essays on pop culture. Chuck also writes for Esquire Magazine and Spin Magazine.

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