Killing Yourself to Live
85% of a True Story
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Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, preeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet—the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death.
For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock ‘n’ roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end—one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.
From Publishers Weekly
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Klosterman is genius
Klosterman, is in a fact, a modern-day genius and auteur of all things socially-relevant. He's an example of the new-age intellectual; a guy who likes music, tv shows and basketball but examines it all with a profundity that would make George Bernard Shaw proud. Part Vonnegut, part Twain and always entertaining. He's the best! Plus he's written essays on Radiohead, Lost and the Laker/Celticd rivalry. What's better than that!
This is a great read.
This is a mental and emotional buffet for our generation. It's got a little bit of everything you need to nod your head and say to yourself with a grin, "Yup. I know exactly what you're talking about. I've been there."
- Category: Social Science
- Published: Jul 19, 2005
- Publisher: Scribner
- Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English