Chuck Klosterman proudly wears the label and stereotype of “Generation X”: disaffected slacker, discontented cultural charlatan. When my fellow Gen-Xer, Johnny Smokes, recommended this book—a survey of popular culture mixed with personal memoirs of the same—I picked it up. It is important to remember that I am talking about a book based on a section of cultural history fiercely reliant on its lack of attention span. I fear even the book’s incongruities may feel somehow appropriate.

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