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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture…

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (edition 2004)

by Chuck Klosterman

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Title:Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Authors:Chuck Klosterman
Info:Scribner (2004), Paperback, 272 pages
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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

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    MShock: Recommended for any Klosterman fan. I would describe Sullivan's writing as more literary and less humorous than Klosterman's, though just as insightful and entertaining. Like Klosterman, his essays run the gamut of popular culture: from Axl Rose to Hurrcane Katrina, to One Tree Hill.… (more)
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This book was great. Many of the reviewers need to a. Lighten up, and b. Stop trying to convince themselves that they aren't the very "hipsters" that they are scoffing at in their reviews. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
Too many chapters in this book simply left me feeling irritated. I think this is because Chuck Klosterman writes in a style very close to my own internal voice. Couple that with the biting cynicism of the material, and it can't help but make me feel like I, too, am as dysfunctional as he.

The parts where it hit though, really hit hard. But books shouldn't leave you feeling angry every time you stop for the night. ( )
  pqfuller | Apr 21, 2019 |
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is a book that raises a variety of interesting philosophical questions without becoming pedantic. The book is a series of essays primarily focused on the "chicken and egg" concept of whether cultural focal points (MTV's The Real World celebrity sex tapes, Left Behind and Coldplay) create the social consciousness or whether the social consciousness/concerns create these cultural focal points. While at times the author criticizes himself for his shallow viewpoints, I found that a lot of them were truly interesting to me and well worth the read.

One of the most interesting chapters to me, oddly enough, was the one concerning how soccer is an outcast sport. I found that point actually quite accurate and compelling, along with the Pam Anderson/Marilyn Monroe comparison. While the book is concerned with low culture, its ideas and philosophies are well suited to even higher cultural concerns.

And, yeah, Coldplay is still awful. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
there's a lot of truth to it ( )
  Landsbach | Apr 5, 2018 |
Outdated, puerile trivia by a self- absorbed twit in love with his own sophomoric ramblings. Like a 12 year old boy, the author thinks that using the "F" word in every few sentences (F-ing this and F-ing that) makes him seem daring. I tried hard to appreciate the abridged audio version. The first disk had essays on video games and dumb TV sitcoms from the 1990s, as well as the author's pathetic sex life. That disk was enough; I couldn't face any more.

It found it boring, unfunny, and seriously dated. How anyone could have liked this tripe remains a mystery. Fans of this guy should try a real book sometime. ( )
4 vote danielx | Nov 22, 2017 |
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There's quite a bit of intelligent analysis and thought-provoking insight packed into the pages of Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, which is a little surprising considering how darn stupid most of Klosterman's subject matter actually is. Klosterman, one of the few members of the so-called "Generation X" to proudly embrace that label and the stereotypical image of disaffected slackers that often accompanies it, takes the reader on a witty and highly entertaining tour through portions of pop culture not usually subjected to analysis and presents his thoughts on Saved by the Bell, Billy Joel, amateur porn, MTV's The Real World, and much more. It would be easy in dealing with such subject matter to simply pile on some undergraduate level deconstruction, make a few jokes, and have yourself a clever little book. But Klosterman goes deeper than that, often employing his own life spent as a member of the lowbrow target demographic to measure the cultural impact of his subjects. While the book never quite lives up to the use of the word "manifesto" in the title (it's really more of a survey mixed with elements of memoir), there is much here to entertain and illuminate, particularly passages on the psychoses and motivations of breakfast cereal mascots, the difference between Celtic fans and Laker fans, and The Empire Strikes Back. Sections on a Guns n' Roses tribute band, The Sims, and soccer feel more like magazine pieces included to fill space than part of a cohesive whole. But when you're talking about a book based on a section of cultural history so reliant on a lack of attention span, even the incongruities feel somehow appropriate. --John Moe

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Explores a range of modern cultural phenomenon, including Internet pornography, tribute bands, baseball rivalries, and reality television.

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