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Building Common Ground: Chuck Klosterman

September 25, 2013


Chuck KlostermanAppearance part of the Building Common Ground lecture series,
sponsored by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and MidTown, Inc.

One of the most singular and exciting cultural critics of our generation, Chuck Klosterman captures what it feels like to navigate our pop-obsessed, media-saturated culture. In bestsellers like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, he shows us why “pop” is a conversation anyone can join in on, and why it matters.

Klosterman will be appearing as the latest speaker in the popular “Building Common Ground” lecture series, a co-presentation of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and MidTown, Inc. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. Additional sponsors include the Columbus Museum, the Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and Sunny 100.

He will be speaking at 7:00pm on Thursday October 3 in the Patrick Theater of the Columbus Museum. Admission is free, and no tickets or reservations are needed. There will be a reception and book-signing after his speech. A selection of the author’s books will be for sale in the Museum gift shop.

klosterman books

Chuck Klosterman is not a detached academic who deconstructs pop culture at arm’s-length with a deadening sterility. He’s a regular guy whose intellectual curiosity is insatiable, infectious, and surprisingly insightful. In his talks, he discusses how pop culture shapes a person’s identity. Why do so many of us define ourselves by the media we consume—the music we love, the movies we obsessively reference, the television we can’t stop watching? With inspired leaps of logic and a sense for relatable minutiae, Klosterman shows us how pop culture becomes inextricably linked with our memories, how it helps us understand the world, and what this says about us, as individuals and as a society. Bright with provocation, hilarious non-sequiturs and good-natured debate, an evening with Klosterman will help you see our accelerating world, and the little connections that make it fascinating, in a newly appreciative light.

Here’s a great sample of Mr. Klosterman in action:

Match wits with the Klosterquiz in this video from Minnesota Public Radio

The scoop on how Chuck Klosterman got involved in the General David Petraeus affair

Klosterman on “The B.S. Report” with good friend Bill Simmons discussing “Breaking Bad,” drinking buddies and parents who push their kids into sports

Klosterman is a contributor to the sports site, Grantland, and the bestselling author of several non-fiction books, including Killing Yourself to Live and Fargo, Rock City, of which Stephen King said, “writing about pop culture doesn’t get any better than this, or funnier.” Chuck uses that wit and charm to write the NYT Magazine’s Ethicist column, where he dispenses uncommon wisdom on moral conundrums.His other books include Chuck Klosterman 4, Eating the Dinosaur and two novels, Downtown Owl and The Visible Man.

His latest collection, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) is now available from Scribner.

For more information, please call 706-243-2669.

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