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more killing yourself to live

Since I was kind of dismissive of the Chuck Klosterman book in my post last night, here's an experiment to highlight some of the interesting pages from Chuck Killing Yourself to Live [update: it seems like the links expire, but the book is still searchable.]

  • A discussion about the difference between marijuana people and cocaine people, illustrated through fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Interpol, takes place around on page 37 [amazon, search inside for "interpol"]

  • An explanation of why Led Zeppelin will always be the the most popular rock band of all time occurs on page 198 [amazon, "search inside" for zeppelin] almost made me regret my refusal to even consider liking old music. Maybe my few days of Led Zeppelin obsession are still on the horizon.

  • A section about the Cobain suicide gets going around page 223 [amazon, search inside for cobain]. His thesis is that Kurt Cobain's death incited a huge reverse engineering in the way people perceived themselves. Even though I think he has a point, I still felt sad about it when reading it.

Comments

I like the marijuana people and cocaine people discussion.
Me too.

which do you identify with?

I also liked this about Washington D.C., and NYC:
. . . apparently, this is a city with Republican bars and Democrat bars. Those establishments are filled with idealistic, underpaid interns who are killing themselves in the hope of networking with anyone who could put them in a position to network with someone else. It seems like a thrilling, confusing, horrific way to live. In New York, people are unhappy on purpose, because unhappiness makes them seem more complex; in Washington, D.C., it just sort of works that way. [pp. 53-4 (the links don't work forever)]