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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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. Photo by Kris Drake. Right then and there I wanted to start a small, yet epic fire in my wastebasket.

Sep 29, Rob rated it really liked it. Don’t read this book if you have epilepsy. Many Once again, Chuck Klosterman reveals himself to be a boring, self-centered paragon of bad taste with horrible ideas about the relations between the sexes.

I I got a comment on an article once that said “Fuck Chuck Klostermand and his bullshit intellectualism, Cook is the new crown prince of music journalism” and who am I to disagree with SeductiveBarry’s astute assessment? Klosterman hints at condemning this attitude but, perhaps realizing the extent his readership belong to the callous “elite” group, shies away.

His insight is honest and dead-on, but his subject matter generally seems undeserving of the pedestal he erects. I think Chuck Klosterman is totally likeable because I think, more than most people I read, he thinks like I think.


What does it mean to be epic? Its like Klosterman wrote a particularly funny diary for us about this road trip he went on and reading it made everyone feel a little better about the times they can be a little self-absorbed or monomaniacal or just plain bad at communication. Discover what to read next. But whatever, Chuck’s world is not my world. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end—one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion.

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When that movie first started to gain cult status, every fucking person I worked with would say “Oh, man, that movie is about me. The author goes on a road trip in search of actual places that hcuck rock musicians died.

The title of this book should be My Boring Life – it is all irrelevant rambles on the author’s friends, relationships, drug use, and work. I picked it up or, rather, was given thinking that it would be an exploration of sites where dead rockers perished. Generally, it’s the shortest part of”. A big pile of crap you could have gathered off of wiki sites and wrapped around your own personal experiences.

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.

Aug 15, Lacey rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A Low Culture Manifesto.

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Half the people who attend concerts only go so that they can tell other people that a certain shows were amazing, and b other shows sucked. And then you stole hun Let me start by saying I generally like my job. If this was actually what the book was about I think it would have been interesting but he barely touches on his destinations and instead reverts to whining about the lost loves of his life and everything else that sucks in his life. I also switched over to brandy and ginger ale, ostensibly so I’d be better at yourxelf.


For a better description of what is to hate about this book that serves also as a cautionary tale for would-be writers about what an yourseof most definitely ain’t interested in reading about, read “Mike’s” review here he gives the book a star: Like climbing up sand dunes, hard going and calf muscles burning, trying to find the oasis, but when you get over the ridge- there’s more sand.

Crucial details are left out, mainly the ones that would embarrass him or his ex-girlfriends, several of whom play major roles. This is a well written but ultimately a lazy, shallow and unrewarding book.

The article that resulted from the trip was reprinted in August of as part of Spin ‘s 30th anniversary yearand Klosterman felt the need to add an introduction: This book fit the bill. Lists with This Book.