Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book 8: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

Book 8: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, by Chuck Klosterman

An analysis of "low culture," Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman made me chuckle off and on all the way through. Klosterman manages to apply the types of analysis that were discussed in my literature classes to a variety of topics throughout its essays. Topics included the mascots of kid's breakfast cereals, why people younger than Generation X don't really like Star Wars all that much (which I totally agreed with), and an analysis of Boston Celtics fans vs. Los Angeles Lakers fans.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. His one-liners are pretty funny and there were several parts throughout the book where I literally said "Huh! Well, that makes sense" out loud... then I had to explain why I'd just said that to Jeff, who didn't always agree with me but that's just because he enjoys being frustrating.

Anyway, overall, I'd recommend it. I've already loaned it out to a fellow English degree holder because I thought she'd appreciate it. I had a professor who seemed like they were trying to pull off this kind of analysis (applying academic-type themes to everyday culture in an attempt to make said concepts more accessible), but Klosterman actually gets there while the professor didn't really succeed.


  1. OMG! OMG! Oh-Em-Geeeeeeeee! I actually read this book!!!!!! I don't have anything intelligent to say, because I'm just so excited that I actually read one of the books you're talking about.

    Wow, I'm a loser.

  2. Oh, I loved the chapter that discusses how the Say Anything character Llyod Dobler ruined everything for normal men. Lol. That is one of my favorite movies, & Lloyd did kind of "bring it" as far as boyfriends go.

  3. LOL You're not a loser, Renee. I totally loved how he justified my disinterest in Star Wars, compared to Jeff's love of it. Because, you know, I can't help that he's old. hah! :)