Eating the dinosaur
A: Well, that’s difficult to say. I haven’t read it yet—I’ve just picked it up and casually glanced at the back cover. There clearly isn’t a plot. I’ve heard there’s a lot of stuff about time travel in this book, and quite a bit about violence and Garth Brooks and why Germans don’t laugh when they’re inside grocery stores. Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play significant roles. I think there are several pages about Rear Window and college football and Mad Men and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having sex with Asian women. Supposedly there’s a chapter outlining all the things the Unabomber was right about, but perhaps I’m misinformed.
Q: Is there a larger theme?
A: Oh, something about reality. "What is reality," maybe? No, that’s not it. Not exactly. I get the sense that most of the core questions dwell on the way media perception constructs a fake reality that ends up becoming more meaningful than whatever actually happened. Also, Lady Gaga.
Q: Should I read this book?
A: Probably. Do you see a clear relationship between the Branch Davidian disaster and the recording of Nirvana’s In Utero? Does Barack Obama make you want to drink Pepsi? Does ABBA remind you of AC/DC? If so, you probably don’t need to read this book. You probably wrote this book. But I suspect everybody else will totally love it, except for the ones who totally hate it.
|Grouped Work ID||8d1c8872-7a2d-0a30-eee4-3105e0f9351a|
|Grouping Title||eating the dinosaur|
|Grouping Author||klosterman chuck|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-12-12 06:18:08AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-12-12 04:44:33AM|
|author||Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central Adult Nonfiction|
|display_description||Takes a humorous look at expectations versus reality in pop culture, sports, and media, exploring such topics as pop culture's obsession with time travel and what Kurt Cobain and David Koresh have in common.|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects -- United States|
Popular culture -- United States
Sports -- Social aspects -- United States
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
|title_display||Eating the dinosaur|
|title_full||Eating the dinosaur / Chuck Klosterman|
|title_short||Eating the dinosaur|