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ISBN 978-0-8126-9762-9


290 pages

Spring 2012

Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy

The Real and the Cereal

Edited by Seth Vannatta
Volume 65 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

 Stop having sex, put down that joint, and leave the spoon in the Cocoa Puffs. Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy is enough to satisfy your love of low culture, high culture, cheap thrills, metaphysics, and Axl Rose.

Scratch that. Have sex while you read this book. It will change your life. Just do it unironically, okay?

If you want to read a book about a curmudgeon written by a bunch of professional navel-gazers, you’ve found it. If you don’t want to read a book about a curmudgeon written by a bunch of professional navel-gazers, what are you doing in the philosophy section, you fucking hipster? Just go buy some bookmarks of cats playing with yarn to impress that woman you’re with. She doesn’t like you anyway, she just wishes you were Lloyd Dobler.

“In Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy, Chuck’s philosophical followers argue about what he means. Plato meets Kierkegaard meets Glam Rock meets the ’86 Celtics meets the Boys’ Club. For thinking people it’s very very fun—and pretty funny as well.”

— Doug Anderson, co-editor of Bruce Springsteen and Philosophy: Darkness on the Edge of Truth

“This book exists because someone might buy it. More specifically, this book exists because the kind of someone who never buys books about philosophy might buy this one, for motives totally unrelated to philosophical inquiry. I’m not authentically famous but I’m ‘famous enough’.”

— Chuck Klosterman, from the Epilogue

“A spectacular bullshit alarm! You should purchase Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy, set it on your toilet, and ready yourself for the forthcoming discussions with those hipsters about Foucault, a women’s studies course they took as a freshman, and how incredibly delicious the rhubarb is from the farmers’ market. At that point, go grab the book, bash the hipster over the head with it, and take stock of your friends.”

— Mike Jostedt, instructor in the philosophy of rock’n’roll, Webster University

Seth Vannatta is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He’s author of numerous scholarly pieces including “The Most Dangerous Rock’n’Roll Band in the World,” in The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It’s Just a Thought Away (2012).

Chuck Klosterman established himself as a major writer and astute analyst of popular culture with his first book, Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota (2001). His columns and articles have appeared in Spin, Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and The Washington Post. At first best known as a writer on rock music, and then on movies and American folkways, he achieved prominence as a sports writer on ESPN’s Page 2 and is now consulting editor for His works include Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003) and Eating the Dinosaur (2009). He has written two acclaimed novels, Downtown Owl (2008) and The Visible Man (2011), and a set of fifty cards HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations (2010).

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