I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA. Who cares. He talks about why Weezer fans never appreciate Weezer albums, Twitter, and the Unibomber. He seems to randomly draws two topics out of a hat, finds a way to weave them together, then throws in an opinion on why an intelligent, shape-shifting metal is more believable in "Terminator" than time travel. This book is fine. There is not a lot that differs from any of his other books -- post "Fargo Rock City" -- including the ones that are fiction or first cousins of fiction.
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Q: What is this book about? Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play significant roles. I think there are several pages about Rear Window and college football and Mad Men and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having sex with Asian women. Q: Is there a larger theme? A: Oh, something about reality. Not exactly. I get the sense that most of the core questions dwell on the way media perception constructs a fake reality that ends up becoming more meaningful than whatever actually happened.
Also, Lady Gaga. Q: Should I read this book? A: Probably. Does Barack Obama make you want to drink Pepsi? You probably wrote this book. But I suspect everybody else will totally love it, except for the ones who totally hate it. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.
Must redeem within 90 days. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction Chuck Klosterman has chronicled rock music, film, and sports for almost fifteen years.
The culture keeps accelerating, and the pop ideas keep coming. Eating the Dinosaur examines the relationship between expectation, reality, and living history. Questions for Discussion 1. The first essay in the book features a conversation between Klosterman and filmmaker Errol Morris, in which they discuss the significance and nature of interview responses.
Klosterman and Morris disagree about the importance of narrative consistency versus truth. If you were to be interviewed on a national stage, would you lie in an attempt to present a better image of yourself, or would you tell the truth because you think truth is always the better story? Why did they do so? Did they have the same motives that Kurt Cobain is argued to have had? Do you think he makes a valid case? Did Eating the Dinosaur change your perception of either man? If you could phone your year-old self, but only talk for 15 seconds, what would you say?
Why or why not? Think of a scenario from your own past in which you enjoyed peeping in on someone. Why did you engage in that voyeurism? Can you recall — if it ever occurred — the first time you actively sought out an opportunity to spy on other people? Do you think these are the best responses? In your opinion, which is the most successful, and how does your response to this question demonstrate your own ethical values to the rest of the group?
Klosterman contends that football changes more than any other sport and can therefore be characterized as liberal. Do you agree? Can you make a case for why another sport plays a more significant role in American culture and history? What is your reaction to canned laughter in television shows? What does he mean by this?
Consider your own existence. Would you draw the same conclusion? The book description asks if there is a larger theme within Eating the Dinosaur and suggests that it is something about reality. What other themes are present in this book? Enhance Your Book Club.
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