October 08, 2007

Week 3

Week 3, Part 1

1) So, in the beginning Chuck talks about his current life habits, his job, his three girlfriends, and his "epic" journey across the country. He is an editor at a magazine called "Spin" and he has also written a few other books. His boss tells him that he needs to write an epic story for "Spin", but she doesn't know what it is yet. They both decide that he should go on a trip across the country to various locations where "rock stars" have died. He wanted to know why the greatest career move and musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this meant for the rest of us. He travels through New York City, then through Washington D.C., then Rhode Island, and all over the place. On his way, he likes to share stories of his past or memories, per se, to foreshadow or inform the reader about what is going on or what will go on. He also talks about his thoughts and feelings a lot. He has a lot of them, and they never seem to stop. He'll take one thing, and put it into 3 different examples just to get his point across. So far, he's gone to the place where Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen (the Chelsea Hotel), the place where John Lennon was assisnated (the Dakota apartment building), the Basketball Hall of Fame, to the night club where Great White's performance ended as an aflamed graveyard. Chuck has a lot to think about, and a lot of time to think about these things. It seems as if he uses his time well. But sometimes he gets side tracked. I'm still not quite sure about this book.

2) Charles John "Chuck" Klosterman, born on June 5, 1972 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Chuck is an author, journalist, editor, and columnist who focuses on pop-culture. Mainly music though. Chuck was raised on a farm in North Dakota, and then graduated from the Unversity of North Dakota in 1994. After that he was a journalist in Fargo, then an art critic for the "Akron Beacon Journal" in Ohio. This was before he got a job as an ediotr for "Spin" magazine in New York City (2002). Chuck has written four books; Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota (2001); Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003); Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005); Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006)



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