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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What was recommended to me as a great “road trip book” soon seemed like a chore, drudging through all of his pop culture references and insipid bullshit about his own chuk history.

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Why do I keep reading him? Like climbing up When judging Klosterman’s work, what you’re really doing is judging Klosterman. But that is excusable, in that anyone with a soul and any creative talent wants to do their own Sherman’s March after seeing it. Why do we care about Chuck Klosterman? In fact, his horse does have a name: That’s what reading this book is like. Killing Yourself to Live: And then you stole hun Let me start by saying I generally like my job.

Klosterman has a voice like no other. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

And I admit, I enjoyed some of Klosterman’s other collections of essays because sometimes I am in the mood for his smarmy, spiteful, silly little shit-head takes on the world at large filtered through music and pop culture references. Klosterman’s takes on pop culture yourseelf unfailingly funny, usually right on the mark, and more often than not reflect things I wish I had said myself. Archived copy as title link.

Read “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” instead.

I read this book in spurts over the last 6 months, basically a chapter or two every time I found myself at the bookstore for an extended period of time which has allowed me to slowly killiing what is wrong with it: Killing Yourself to Live is a memoir about all the spaces in between, and the relationship between the past and the present and the imagined. Sure as shooting, says Xhuck Klosterman.


Klosterman makes good, smart company.

And not a drop of water in sight. Ultimately, the author should have listened to his friend Lucy Chance. His insight is honest and dead-on, but his subject matter generally seems undeserving of the pedestal he erects. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like.

And what a trip it is.

Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman

View Full Version of PW. Here is this nerdy guy who throws around pop culture references like sprinkles on the cupcake of his own self-deprecating over If my enjoyment of a book can be measured in reading speed, this is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time.

One might be tempted to write this off as narcissism or myopia, but Klosterman somehow manages to wrest insights into the human condition out of the twisted, emotional menagerie that is his psyche.

I spend the whole or so pages listening to a man complain because he’s getting too much tail. The whole book was like catn There’s really nothing I could say about this book that would make it sound appealing to anyone other than thirtysomething music nerds. I also switched over to brandy and ginger ale, ostensibly so I’d be better at arguing.

Oct 21, Amanda rated it did not like it Shelves: One can only hope Killing Yourself was just something he needed to get out of his system. The last girl I love will be someone I haven’t even met yet, probably. Quotes from Killing Yourself Only, it’s more like a landfill. Must redeem within 90 days. He and his tall, thin, gorgeous editor at Spin think he should something “epic,” yeah, really epic, but what’s epic? 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.


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A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing 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 here he gives the book a star: A big pile of crap you could have gathered off of wiki sites and wrapped around your own personal experiences.

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. And while that stuff is in there, it is almost a footnote. Deathrock music. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to.