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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman – Over half a million copies sold! From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock. Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture. The American writer Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, in addition to being one of the better essay collections of recent years (it.

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs | Book by Chuck Klosterman | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

He got that gig inshortly after he turned in the Cocoa Puffs manuscript he had written during a week hiatus from his previous job at The Akron Beacon Journal.

I assume I found the book through a mention in the magazine, then bought and read it on the dirty couch my roommates and I had salvaged from somewhere. I could write this stuff, I thought as I daydreamed about the future instead of finishing my thesis. The interest in a weird book of klosgerman essays about ephemera surprised Klosterman.

People thinking it was too bad or too good.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

The actual critics, however, were mixed. But why did Cocoa Puffs find such a large audience? Timing was a major factor in the success. Like, for example, myself.


Looking back at Chuck Klosterman’s ‘Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs’

Quick, fun, smart, digestible content plus an increased ability to disseminate information equalled the potential for huge return. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is also a perfect clickbait title.

In places, it was a genuinely smart, ahead-of-its-time book. An essay about The Real World thoughtfully explored how the producers embraced physical diversity but rejected any meaningful intellectual differences among its youthful cast.

That might seem like a trite idea now, but 15 years ago it read as a valid, necessary, and novel critique of reality television as it was becoming increasingly mainstream. A reported piece about a Guns and Roses cover band, which originally appeared in The New York Times Magazineis equal parts amusing and insightful, a ride-along that would make Longform. There are conspicuously dated parts of Cocoa Puffsas you might expect when reading a book that emerged from and excavated cultural norms nearly two decades old.

Reading those names employed so glibly and rapidly in is disorienting, at best. I had no idea about any of the Bill Cosby stuff.

The Woody Allen shit, I guess I knew, but when I was saying he was kind of weird it was more to do with him marrying a woman that his ex-girlfriend adopted or whatever. It was edgy, but in an inviting way for these types, people who felt like no one was listening even if they drgs the root privilege of their skin and their sex.


InCocoa Puffs reads as an uneven mix of smart and sexist and offensive. Clearly, it is not a woke book. The more time that passes, the more likely a work of cultural criticism is to fall to this fate. drigs

The world changes; the book, by definition, cannot. In the early klostefman century, Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci developed a concept called cultural hegemony where the ruling class imposes its values worldwide.

The way to break out out this cycle is to find the working-class intellectuals who can alter the status quo.

A generous reading of the intent of Cocoa Puffsif perhaps not all of the subject matter, would be that it wants its readers to do the work to find these people, value their contributions, kllsterman make these changes. Noah Davis Jun—18— Get The Outline in your inbox.