Chuck Klosterman has created a collection of previously published essays as Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. The title is a tribute to Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album– commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV. He breaks the volume up into three sections: Things That Are True, Things That Might Be True, and Something That Isn’t True. Publishers Weekly describes his work, “Whether investigating Latino fans of British pop icon Morrissey, interviewing female tribute bands like Lez Zeppelin and AC/DShe or eating nothing but Chicken McNuggets for a week, Klosterman is always entertaining and often insightful.” My friend Smokes turned me on to Klosterman with Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs. I liked most of that volume and I’ve been looking out for his name from time to time, now. I ran across a couple of his articles in Esquire magazine: “Tenacious TV” is an intriguing comparison of LOST to Survivor. “The Lester Bangs of Video Games” describes the cultural dearth of video game critics.
He’s not deep. His messages are superficial and unapologetic. When he’s on, he’s quite fun. And when he’s off, his Ritalin-paced pop culture criticism is mostly harmless.