Good but not his best
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.