[Pdf/E–book] Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story


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  • Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story
  • Chuck Klosterman
  • English
  • 06 March 2019
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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story review ä 104 Chance and one by exhaustion He snorted cocaine in a graveyard He walked a half mile through a bean field A man in Dickinson North Dakota explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set At one point poisonous snakes became involved The. Why do we care about Chuck Klosterman There is nothing truly remarkable about his life I disagree with 97 percent of what he has to say about music The way he holds his political cards close to his chest makes me suspicious And yet once I start one of his books I can t put it down Killing Yourself to Live is no exception It takes us on a drug fueled odyssey across the United States with stops at famous rock and roll death sites the seedy hotel where Sid Vicious did himself in the burnt patch in Rhode Island that used to be a bar where dozens lost their lives thanks to Great White s trying to re live their ahem glory days the patch of ground Buddy Holly s plane collided with Cobain s death room etc As is the case with many young ish writers today to wit Sarah Vowell Klosterman s book s stated purpose serves merely as an ostensible vehicle for the author to write about himself his life his loves etc One might be tempted to write this off as narcissism or myopia but Klosterman somehow manages to wrest insights into the human condition out of the twisted emotional menagerie that is his psyche Yes he s self absorbed but in such a fashion that his sharing it with us feels like a giftof sorts

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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story review ä 104 Road is hard From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathingand what this means for the rest of u. Fun listening to a local boy and hearing about his tour

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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story review ä 104 For 6557 miles Chuck Klosterman thought about dying He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way Within the span of twenty one days Chuck had three relationships end one by choice one by. As a longtime admirer of Chuck Klosterman s writing on pop music and culture it pains me to report that his latest book Killing Yourself to Live 85% of a True Story is a dismal shoddy piece of work The premise is promising Klosterman sets out on a cross country road trip to visit all of the sites of rock n roll s long rich history of death It seems a brilliant idea Klosterman s combination of irreverence and curiosity make him the perfect candidate to unseat the holy pilgrimage seriousness and pathos of most writing on rock n roll tragedy It doesn t take long for the project to turn sour Here s the problem Klosterman is used to skating by on the wit and originality of his own personal world view in his last collection Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs his observations on MTV pornography video games and so on emerged from a perspective that led him to some surprising conclusions There was a sense of play of intellectual gamesmanship that was fresh and engaging In Killing Yourself however he s become self reflexive to the point where he can no longer discriminate between what is valuable and what is piffle it s all self narrative If he s looking at something he thinks his reaction to it how it affects him automatically matters simply because it s him Chuck Klosterman looking at it He has become too lazy and uninterested to make any serious effort at thinking or observing and analyzing what a specific site or incident might mean and falls back on relaying what it means to him at that moment The most devastating element here is the incomprehensible decision to let Klosterman devote much of the book to pseudo Hornby writhing about the three women with whom he s currently involved that is either sleeping with or wanting to sleep with Aside from being at times downright creepy it s both lazy and irrelevant as smart and funny and interesting as Chuck Klosterman is I couldn t really give two shits about his love life His self absorption on this count goes so far as to include a chapter long conversation between the three women and himself that takes place entirely in his head What s sad is that he seems to realize this the book closes with an actual real world conversation between the author and one of his female colleagues at Spin who urges him not to become the female Elizabeth Wurtzel At this point one tends to agree wholeheartedly with the criticism and Klosterman s only retort is to tell her that her disdain can only be voiced if I do the opposite of what you suggest It s pre emptive critical damage control It s embarrassingIt is unsettling to see how turning Klosterman loose on such a promising theme brings out his worst instincts as a writer because his feature pieces for Spin are often brilliant A perfect example was his reporting on the Rock Cruise one of those only in America phenomena wherein 40 year old couples pay to hear REO Speedwagon and Styx perform on a boat It is hard to imagine a riper opportunity for superiority and ridicule yet Klosterman never condescends to these people working class Midwesterners who are paying money to see over the hill versions of the two of the most reviled bands in rock history and in the end lends both the bands and fans an odd kind of dignity It is frustrating to know that the author is capable of such insights and then to slog through 235 pages of crap that wouldn t make it onto a Weezer B side One can only hope Killing Yourself was just something he needed to get out of his systemFrom THE L MAGAZINE July 20 2005


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