Diagnosing Chuck Klosterman.
[More:] I have an advanced readers copy of Downtown Owl
but I haven't read it yet, since I have a gazillion other books I bought for a buck ahead of it. But this is a good article. Chuck's become somewhat popular with the hipster set recently, but I'm not ready to panic that they've devoured him. I still like his populist strek, his sports fandom, and, of course, there's the Metal thing
. The Sun records t-shirt he's wearing made me smile, too. I saw one just like it the back of Rolling Stone
when I was fourteen and ordered one, but got envelope back with an explanation that the company making them had gone under. Plus this quote from the article: ""I know that I've never been to a greenmarket in my life. I know that I like processed foods. Processed foods taste good to me." The fact that the artcle retorted to this screed
made me happy, too.
Full diclosure: I met Chuck once when he did a reading at KGB in the East Village. He was very cool when we briefly. Even though he went over well with the audience, I think I was the only person in the room who was an unironic fan of the music he wrote about in Fargo Rock City. He saw my Destroyer
jersey and signed my book "Jon, go home and listen to Music From The Elder
. I said that the book didn't mention Twisted Sister enough and he said that when he went on House Of Hair
, Dee Snider told him the same thing. and the passage of Chuck's that I quote here
still stands as one of the most insightful pieces of cultural criticism I've ver read.
Anyways, one of my first ever MeCha posts
was about Chuck, so I'm coming full circle.
I'm babbling I realize, but what's everybody's thoughts on this guy?