With a mix of his own ideas and the spotlighting of others’, Chuck Klosterman’s ninth book, “But What If We’re Wrong” (2016), had me wanting to discuss these ideas with someone after each chapter. Like all of his works – but on steroids this time – this one is utterly engaging (except for one baffling misstep, which I’ll break down below).
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In his latest excellent nonfiction book, “I Wear the Black Hat” (July 2013, hardcover), Chuck Klosterman intriguingly analyzes several fictional and historical villains and closes with a chapter on Adolf Hitler, noting how delicate he has to be when writing about this man we all accept as the embodiment of evil. While Hitler undeniably was evil, the author posits that society needs Hitler to remain the embodiment of pure evil – far off the grid from the theoretical second-most evil person — for the basis of moral comparison.
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Readers of his essays know that Chuck Klosterman has long been fascinated by the idea of the true reality of human behavior. He wrote an essay a few books ago essentially arguing that the only way to truly know a person is to observe them when they don’t know they are being observed.
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There aren’t many things I enjoy more than cracking open a new book of Chuck Klosterman essays. I read his latest volume, “Eating the Dinosaur,” in two sittings; it would’ve been one sitting, but I had to go to work in between.
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