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Chuck Klosterman Who?

For whatever reason... I was reading on Wikipedia about the Northeast Blackout of 2003 (I can't remember, but can't you just waste oodles of time reading on Wikipedia?), and I see this reference:

A passage in Chuck Klosterman's 2005 non-fiction book Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story recounts the author's experience of being in Montana, a state not affected by the blackout, and listening to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity report on the power outage over the radio. Klosterman writes:

"Mr. Hannity is taking calls from listeners in Manhattan. All the callers are describing the scene like it's Mardi Gras; people seem to be wildly enjoying this blackout. Hannity says everyone should buy bottled water and open their apartment windows. He congratulates the people of New York for remaining calm during this period of hardship, and he salutes them for not looting the stores and initiating a race riot. Christ. We have low standards in this country."

One of the things I like about Wikipedia --you can jump from one obscure factoid to the next in hyperspeed.

I start reading different stuff on the web about Klosterman. Next thing you know I've made up my mind that I must have all his books. He's funny and writing about stuff I find interesting (diverting maybe) and I need something for a change. I call Half-Price Books as I'm wheeling over there, thinking "shit, I bet if they have any of his books they're in who knows what section". When the clerk at Half-Price comes back on the line after fielding my request she says she's sorry but they don't have any of this books and then starts to tell me how if they did they would be all over the store and sorry it took so long...

I call Barnes and Nobles. I figure screw it, at least I can buy them new. The clerk there starts rattling off the titles of all four books. I stop him. I know what the titles are, can you please check if you have any of them? He's got them all and I ask him: "You sound like you're familiar with him, are you?", "I've read them all", he says.

Stuff and nonsense! Everybody has heard of this guy except me.

I got "Chuck Klosterman IV" from the library, and an audio cd where he's reading his essay about being on the road with a Guns n' Roses tribute band. Hilarious. Insightful. My kind of stuff. I was laughing all the way back from the library.

His essays and stories are fun but they remind me of Chinese food. A few days later I've forgotten most of what I read. But in this case it just makes for a good reason to own the books. One thing has stuck with me:

He pointed out that an opinion is just an opinion --it can change.

Sometimes I wonder about this. Like when I say to myself: "my favorite movie is L'avventura". What do I know about what my favorite movie is? I mean yea it's pretty good but it's been years since I seen it and I'm really just a collection of ideas/desires/fragments swirling around in a thing called mind. I guess the best I can say is it's somebody's favorite. Somebody I know fairly well.

I'm trying to notice these edicts as they float to the surface. I want to retest them...

For example, the other day my buddy wuehlmaus says what a great song "Stairway to Heaven" is. And I respond knee-jerk: "I hate Stairway to Heaven". Thinking about it I realized it's truly been years since I've actually listened to it. I take myself too seriously when I talk about my opinion. As if it were the word of God or so (though I guess in a buddhist sense it is.)

I was telling another buddy about Klosterman. He sounded pretty interested until I mentioned how Klosterman likes Billy Joel. My friend scoffed. As if liking Billy Joel eliminates someone from having a serious opinion about anything. Heh. I can relate to that viewpoint. It's funny how invested I am with my opinions.

I've got "Stairway to Heaven" and some Billy Joel on my portable. Let's see if I can breakdown and listen to them...

Esquire: Chuck Klosterman Has an Opinion, But Does It Matter?



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