Killing Yourself to Live has ratings and reviews. Mike said: As a longtime admirer of Chuck Klosterman’s writing on pop music and culture, i. Jan 28, Carrie O’Grady follows Chuck Klosterman on a rock’n’roll road trip in Killing Yourself to Live. Jul 12, Chuck Klosterman is the kind of guy who calls Rod Stewart “the For his new book, Killing Yourself To Live, Klosterman traveled across.

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But that doesn’t make him any less fun to be with. That seemed like that’s what this book was going to be. Does that seem deep or even interesting to the average reader? And then you quit your job and went to work construction? Klosterman also interweaves some of his thoughts and feelings from several of his real-life relationships a woman he is currently dating, and several from his past into his narrative on what his journey is teaching him about life and love and death.

Many considered the Great White concert tragedy a joke because the band itself are seen as only beloved by “white trash” or “rednecks” – not the culturally aware – even subhuman. Then the incessant pop-culture references, clever to be clever quips and the navel gazing.

Classic Klosterman sexism abounds here as well. Free eBook offer available kil,ing NEW subscribers only. His knowledge and usage of pop culture in his writing should resonate with me. There was a lot of metaphor and a whole level of thought I did not see by just reading through casually.

At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. I simply couldn’t put it down. Jan 04, Krista rated it liked it Shelves: I read Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs when it first came out, and even though that has lingered in my mind for a decade now as a funny and interesting skewering of pop culture, I didn’t pick up another Chuck Klosterman book until now; and I think it would have been better if I had let him remain in my memory as a funny and interesting guy.


The depth of this book, and the material that it dealt with was very interesting and complex. You fall in love with these woman that you feel you fail to know very well in the same way he fails to know them.

Both follow through on a preposterous, dubious quest Klosterman visits the sites of rock star deaths, McElwee retraces Sherman’s march to Atlanta only to use it as a vehicle for visiting old girlfriends and then sitting in hotel livd reminiscing about them.

Maybe worth a read if you’re a liberal arts major who watches Wes Anderson movies and thinks Ed Hardy is the most amazing form of popular art the fashion world has ever seen. Print hardcover and paperback. The original feature, published in Spin inshares some ideas and language with the book. See more by Chuck Klosterman. Read yourelf, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” instead. The most devastating element here is the incomprehensible decision to let Klosterman devote much of killibg book to pseudo-Hornby writhing about the three!

The idea of driving across America to visit its most famous rock ‘n roll death sites is interesting but it doesn’t feel to me as if this author had the maturity or insight to really do the subject matter justice- the majority of the book consists of the author’s narcissistic and adolescent rambling about his various boring relationships and encounters with women, no I just finished this book and I think a more accurate title for it would be “To all the manic kil,ing dream girls I’ve loved before”.

Don’t read this book if you cuck epilepsy.

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So, thanks for that Chuck. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Tommy would call Billy who would call Timmy would call Suz If you want to learn about dead musicians and how they died, look elsewhere.


It is unsettling to see how turning Klosterman loose on such a promising theme brings out his worst instincts as a writer, because his feature pieces for Klostermxn are often brilliant.

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There were times where I got lost in his music references and how they related to things in his life. It takes us on a drug-fueled odyssey across the United States with stops at famous rock and roll death sites the seedy hotel where Sid Vicious did himself in; the burnt Why do we care about Chuck Klosterman? Did he also vaguely imply that Joy Division were Beatles wannabes? Yourseof Yourself to Live: And yet, all bitterness youtself there were times when Chuck was so relatable it became frightening to read on.


Here is this nerdy guy who throws around pop culture references like sprinkles on the cupcake of his own self-deprecating over If my enjoyment of a book can be measured in reading speed, this is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time. The road is hard. I wanted to tear through the ending so I could write this. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.

The ending is fascile and lazy. Fun non-fiction to breeze through, especially for a music lover. But, in the end, I do woul I yourselff this for a college class so that we could analyse it in terms of Ironic Living.

I just think it could have been done better. I liked some of the ideas and he’s certainly quotable. Only, it’s more like a landfill.