For 6,557 miles, from New York to Mississippi to Seattle, Chuck Klosterman decided to chase rock 'n' roll and death across a continent. 21 days later ...Show synopsisFor 6,557 miles, from New York to Mississippi to Seattle, Chuck Klosterman decided to chase rock 'n' roll and death across a continent. 21 days later, after three relationships, an encounter with various cottonmouth snakes, and a night spent snorting cocaine in a graveyard, Klosterman started to order his thoughts on American culture and the meaning of celebrity. Uproariously funny, smart and hip, "Killing Yourself To Live" is a philosophical meditation on life, death, celebrity, rock 'n' roll, why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what that means for the rest of us.Hide synopsis
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I'm quite particular with my authors, and for a while I've been struggling to find someone new to read that really gets me immersed in their writing. This book achieved exactly that.
Chuck Klosterman is a brilliant writer; very funny and very relatable. I was with Chuck every step of the way in his journey across the states, and I was there in every romantic failing too. This book has the perfect balance of laugh out loud moments and heart-wrenching sadness. Absolutely wonderful.
I am a huge fan of Chuck Klosterman - his articles manage to combine the best pop culture references (that is, accurate without being trite or overdone) with true knowledge about music, sports, etc. Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs was a perfect example of this. So, I was pretty excited about his new book, Killing Yourself To Live: 85% of a True Story. It's a good book...but it falls well short of his prior work. The main difference is that this is a memoir of sorts, following Klosterman as he drives around the country visiting spots where musicians died. The marsh where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down; the Chelsea Hotel (where, among other sundry activities, Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend and himself); Kurt Cobain's house in Seattle. Along the way, the focus of the book is less about this then about Klosterman's issues with the women in his life. It's interesting - at one point, he categorizes each into which member of KISS they would each be, and that actually works. But overall...I just didn't care enough about his love life. I mean, it's interesting and all, and he writes about issues that are understandable to all, but it feels like a half-step. There isn't any real analysis into his problems, and yet there isn't the witty pop-culture insight either, by and large. While he bills the book as 85% of a true story, it's more like 50% of the book it should be. Not a HUGE disappointment, but far short of what Klosterman can do.
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