Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

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Rating: 4/5

Even though I didn’t agree with everything that Klosterman had to say is his series of essays (especially his take on soccer), I still enjoyed how he delivered his thoughts with humor and sarcasm. Two of my favorite things.

In this book of essays, Klosterman covers everything from Saved by the Bell and the Celtics/Lakers rivalry. He has an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and makes analyzing everything cool again. Who knew that rom-coms like When Harry Met Sally could so drastically change our psyche. Yet, when Chuck explains the affects of these movies in his sardonic way you have to ask yourself why you didn’t think of that before.

On top of all this, little vignette type pieces about his life are thrown in between the essays which are almost as entertaining as the essays themselves and always, somehow, tie-in to popular culture. And while this book is often found in the Sociology section of bookstores, it’s extremely accessible and isn’t filled with sociological jargon. Don’t get me wrong, I love the jargon (sociology was my minor) but sometimes it’s nice to read something lighter but insightful at the same time. This is a great read for pop culture study beginners and veterans alike.

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