Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
Published by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
In this collection of essays, Chuck Klosterman takes on pop culture like no one else can.
That is the shortest summary of all time, but how can one possibly summarize a book such as this? Klosterman’s essays cover a wide range of topics, but they are all pop culture related, and they all have his trademark wit and cynicism in common.
Honestly, this is not a book I would have picked up on my own. However, my friend Sara (hi, Sara!) suggested reading it, and even loaned me her copy, and when friends suggest books I always like to try them. Because honestly, I don’t have a whole lot of friends who are readers (besides bloggers, of course) so I always enjoy trading books with those few who are.
Having said that, I ended up enjoying this book more than I would have expected to. Chuck Klosterman is actually very funny, and his observations are just spot on. I found myself nodding in agreement with him throughout several of the essays and laughing out loud throughout some too. Some of the essays were a little dated, dealing with such topics as Saved by the Bell, the rivalry between Celtics and Lakers fans, Pamela Anderson, and the importance of The Empire Strikes Back, but as I am a child of the late ’80’s and ’90’s, I found myself really getting invested in these essays. I’d be interested to read a newer version of Klosterman’s thoughts on some of the current events happening today in pop culture, for sure.
I would definitely recommend Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs for the reader looking for an entertaining and witty essay collection. This book was a surprise for me, it wouldn’t have necessarily been my first pick for an essay collection, but I enjoyed it quite a bit!