The problem with Klosterman is he's not as smart, funny, or insightful as he thinks he is.
I skipped the sports essays because i don't know anything about sports but the other parts made me laugh. I enjoyed this book. Especially the essay about laugh tracks in tv shows! :)
Seems to be described as either "too hip" or "brilliant". I found it to be a little of both, but the brilliant parts stick, especially his thoughts on authenticity (a general theme throughout the essays).
Meh. I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl. In retrospect, it occurs to me that Klosterman's books have gotten steadily less entertaining with each one that is published. Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs had me laughing out loud, and I found Killing Yourself to Live pretty insightful and entertaining, but since then the returns have been diminishing. I'll pay Klosterman a sort of compliment here: Eating the Dinosaur reminds me of what I've read about the last few years of Lenny Bruce's life. Razor sharp wit degenerated into whiny self-absorption and self-reference. While the occasional glimpse of genius was still visible, the overall impression of his rants was that they were just plain boring and sad. While Klosterman is still pretty upbeat, he still writes too much about the phenomenon of Chuck Klosterman and What Chuck Klosterman Means and Why That Is Important. He doesn't take anything else seriously, which is what used to make him fun to read - if he could stop taking himself so seriously, I'd enjoy his writing a lot more.
Great book of essays. Not a huge Klosterman fan but found this more enjoyable than his previous work.
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