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The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman

An instant New York Times bestseller!

From the bestselling author of But What if We’re Wrong, a wise and funny reckoning with the decade that gave us slacker/grunge irony about the sin of trying too hard, during the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade in American history.

It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, one presidential election was allegedly decided by Ross Perot while another was plausibly decided by Ralph Nader. In the beginning, almost every name and address was listed in a phone book, and everyone answered their landlines because you didn’t know who it was. By the end, exposing someone’s address was an act of emotional violence, and nobody picked up their new cell phone if they didn’t know who it was. The 90s brought about a revolution in the human condition we’re still groping to understand. Happily, Chuck Klosterman is more than up to the job.

Beyond epiphenomena like "Cop Killer" and Titanic and Zima, there  were wholesale shifts in how society was perceived: the rise of the internet, pre-9/11 politics, and the paradoxical belief that nothing was more humiliating than trying too hard. Pop culture accelerated without the aid of a machine that remembered everything, generating an odd comfort in never being certain about anything. On a 90’s Thursday night, more people watched any random episode of Seinfeld than the finale of Game of Thrones. But nobody thought that was important; if you missed it, you simply missed it. It was the last era that held to the idea of a true, hegemonic mainstream before it all began to fracture, whether you found a home in it or defined yourself against it.
The Nineties, Chuck Klosterman makes a home in all of it: the film, the music, the sports, the TV, the politics, the changes regarding race and class and sexuality, the yin/yang of Oprah and Alan Greenspan. In perhaps no other book ever written would a sentence like, “The video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was not more consequential than the reunification of Germany” make complete sense. Chuck Klosterman has written a multi-dimensional masterpiece, a work of synthesis so smart and delightful that future historians might well refer to this entire period as Klostermanian.

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“[Klosterman’s] most wide-ranging accomplishment to date. . . . As inquisitive, thoughtful, and dryly funny as ever, But What If We’re Wrong? . . . [is] crackling with the writer’s signature wit.” —Will Ashton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Klosterman is outlining the ideology of a contrarian here and reminding us of the important role that revisionism plays in cultural writing. What matters is the way he thinks about thinking—and the way he makes you think about how you think. And, in the end, this is all that criticism can really hope to do.” —Sonny Bunch, The Washington Post

“In But What If We’re Wrong? [Klosterman] takes on the really big picture. . . . He ranges far and wide over the realm of known knowns and known unknowns.” —Brigitte Frase, StarTribune (Minneapolis)

“I have often wondered how the times I live in will be remembered once they turn into History. It never occurred to me to figure out how to write a book about it, though, which is one of the reasons why Chuck Klosterman is smarter than I am.” —Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader

“Klosterman has proven himself an insightful and evolving philosopher for popular consumption. . . . In his latest, But What If We’re Wrong?, Klosterman probes the very notions of existence and longevity, resulting perhaps in the most mind-expanding writing of his career.” —Max Kyburz, Gothamist

“Chuck Klosterman is no time traveler, but he’s got a lot of ideas about how the future will shake out. . . . In [But What If We’re Wrong?] he ponders the limits of humanity’s search for truth.” —Chris Weller, Tech Insider

“Prolific pop-culture critic Chuck Klosterman tackles his most ambitious project yet in new book But What If We’re Wrong?, which combines research, personal reflections, and interviews.” —Alexandra Cavallo, The Improper Bostonian

“Full of intelligence and insights, as the author gleefully turns ideas upside down to better understand them . . . this book will become a popular book-club selection because it makes readers think. Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A spin class for the brain. . . . Klosterman challenges readers to reexamine the stability of basic concepts, and in doing so broadens our perspectives. . . . An engaging and entertaining workout for the mind led by one of today’s funniest and most thought-provoking writers.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Klosterman conducts a series of intriguing thought experiments in this delightful new book. . . . Klosterman’s trademark humor and unique curiosity propel the reader through the book. He remains one of the most insightful critics of pop-culture writing today and this is his most thought-provoking and memorable book yet.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This book is brilliant and addictively readable. It’s also mandatory reading for anyone who loves history and for anyone who claims to have a capacity for forecasting. It’ll probably make them angry because it turns so many sacred assumptions upside down—but that’s what the future does. Klosterman’s writing style is direct, highly personal, and robotically crisp—he’s like a stranger on the seat next to you on a plane who gives you a billion-dollar idea. A terrific book.” —Douglas Coupland



“Klosterman offers up great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations in this look at our love affair with the anti-hero.” — New York Magazine

“Klosterman considers how inconsistent, unpredictable and surprisingly elastic the concept of villainy has been in American culture since the 1970s….the entertainment value of his thought processes and the quality of his prose are high.” — USA Today

“A gleeful and often funny explanation of villainy, both fictional and real.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Klosterman has a knack for holding up a magical high-def mirror to American pop culture that makes all of our vanities and delusions look painfully obvious. Spend enough time reading I Wear the Black Hat, and you might even start to recognize, in its pages, your own silly assumptions, your snap judgments, your stubborn loyalties and your badly rationalized prejudices….By underscoring the contradictory, often knee-jerk ways we encounter the heroes and villains of our culture, Klosterman illustrates the passionate but incomplete computations that have come to define American culture—and maybe even American morality.” — Los Angeles Times

“With the aplomb of a modern Machiavelli surveying our ever shifting moral landscape for examples that prove his point, Mr. Klosterman takes the reader on a grand tour of villainy’s outposts in popular culture, sports, politics and American history. I Wear the Black Hat is an erudite, provocative and playful survey of the ever shifting face of villainy in the American experience.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Klosterman attacks his subjects with intellectual rigor and humor… you should read this thought-provoking book.” — Washington Post

“Intellectually vigorous and entertaining.” — Publishers Weekly

“That most of his subjects are from the pop-culture realm, whether Andrew Dice Clay or Chevy Chase or the Eagles, does not diminish the underlying sophistication of Klosterman’s guiding questions…. A fine return to form for Klosterman, blending Big Ideas with heavy metal, The Wire, Batman and much more.” — Kirkus

“Very much a product of his generation and as plugged into the popular culture as Mencken was antagonistic to it, Klosterman is in that same direct line of cultural critics as Bierce, Mencken, and more recently, P. J. O’Rourke, and his posture is similarly arch and iconoclastic…[I Wear the Black Hat] will amuse and/or outrage but, either way, it should enlarge his audience.” — Booklist



“Klosterman has conjured up a novel that manages to be both wildly experimental and accessible, while making perceptive observations about privacy, human nature, and of course, the author’s forte, pop culture.” — Entertainment Weekly

The Visible Man is a rich, fast-paced and funny novel made to entertain lovers of literary metafiction, sci-fi and thrillers.” — Dallas Morning News

“Hidden beneath The Visible Man’s kaleidoscopic structure and high-wire stunts in an irrefutable narrative logic. And like [his main character], Klosterman knows when to get out of the way…. All fiction should be so sly.” —

“Chuck Klosterman takes his examination of society’s absurdities to a new level…. Richly drawn and dryly funny…Klosterman is terrifically expressive, funny company…. Klosterman’s unique voice is never less than right out in the open.” — Los Angeles Times

“An engaging read…Klosterman spins an interesting tale.” — Associated Press

“A tour-de-force exploration of intimacy and voyeurism…. Strikingly original, a vibrant mix of thriller, sci-fi, and literary fiction genres.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Klosterman makes a big leap with his second novel…daring and ambitious.” — Kirkus



“Witty and clever.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Mr. Klosterman’s relentlessly thoughtful prose makes a case that our arts and entertainment are more suffused with meaning than ever before. Even as he’s fretting over the direction of culture, his writing stands as an eloquent defense of it.” — The Wall Street Journal

Eating the Dinosaur [is] a gutsy, irreverent, wonderful read…. Klosterman is a gifted essayist…. Klosterman exhibits a deep knowledge and a deft touch on an expansive list of topics, and his insights are sometimes enlightening, sometimes educational and always entertaining.” — BookPage

“Funny, irreverent and fascinating—Klosterman at his best.” — Kirkus

“Chuck Klosterman… is a pop-culture philosopher.” —  Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Klosterman once again zeroes in on disposable culture—and in doing so, points out everything indispensable about it. Dinosaur contains some of Klosterman’s best work.” — The Portland Mercury

“Mr. Klosterman’s discourses, though topically random, are engrossing and worthwhile. He has built a career on extrapolating meaning from trivialities, and his latest creation does that. It is a work of depth about shallow things.” — The Washington Times



“Klosterman roams around in [his character’s] heads, turning out great line after great line. He’s an entertaining guy, but also capable of real insight and artistry.” — Entertainment Weekly

“An astonishingly moving book, a minor masterpiece in the genre we might call small-town quirkiana. Klosterman is a real writer, it turns out, full of pathos and wisdom, ultimately determined to place his cleverness in the service of his readers…. He’s doing the honest labor of a novelist, exposing the terrifying confusions that live with his characters. His ability to see past their evasions, and his determination to lay them bare with stabbing insights calls to mind another famous American satirist, Kurt Vonnegut.” — The Boston Globe

“Thoroughly engaging.” — The Washington Post

“Gifted with a superb ear for dialogue, a kind of perfect pitch for the way ordinary people talk, Klosterman is also capable of fine word-portraits of the three principal [characters]. Think of this as a literary relative of the movies Fargo and American Graffiti.” — Booklist (starred review)

“Chuck Klosterman is no doubt intimately familiar with characters like those who populate his debut novel…. He may now be a New York writer with a cult following, but these characters, that dialogue—he knows it all, inside out.” — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Klosterman is adept at thinking up bizarre, somehow plausible scenarios that hook readers while pushing the story along…[his] prose is a joy to read.” — Paste

Downtown Owl is a virtuoso effort…. It is always clever, and often outright brilliant.” —

“He has a talent for infusing everyday situations with unorthodox detail and unexpected imagery.” — National Post (Canada)

“Four books of nonfiction and a steady magazine presence have established Klosterman as a pop culture writer known for his air-quotes wit. There’s plenty of that sensibility in his first novel. Klosterman creates a satisfying character study and strikes a perfect balance between the funny and the profound.” — Publishers Weekly



“Chuck Klosterman knows an awful lot about pop culture and writes about it awfully well…. In truth, none of the stars in this book are more curious than Klosterman himself. He is curious in the sense that he wants to know about people…. Mostly, though, Klosterman is worth reading because he is very funny and has a great writing style. He lets his likeable personality inform every word without actually intruding into the story. His persona is based on two seemingly conflicting character types—the wide-eyed and goofy enthusiast, and the detached and ironic reporter. He melds these two points of view together instinctively, and it really works.” — The Sunday Herald (UK)

“No omnivorous critic of American pop culture is more fun than Chuck Klosterman…wild, woolly, and delightful.” — The Buffalo News

“Klosterman steps up with tighter arguments than ever before, while writing passages funny enough to make you stop and read them aloud to whomever is nearby.” — The Portland Mercury

“He’s pretty much the undisputed king of this sort of thing.” — The Tampa Tribune

“Great fun.” — The San Diego Union-Tribune



“Sometimes when you’re the co-pilot on a road trip, you’re having such a good time talking to your buddy, gazing out the window, and listening to awesome music that you’re a little reluctant to stop and get out when you actually reach your destination. That’s what reading this book is like.” — Entertainment Weekly

“An affecting meditation on classic rock, mortality and girls.” — New York Post

“He’s killing his artform, in hopes of reviving it.” — The Onion A.V. Club

“As entertaining as it is unpredictable, as madcap as it is occasionally maddening. Klosterman is funny, sad, tormented, insightful, ludicrous and occasionally precious in a way that is all his own. And his observations on American culture, pop and otherwise, are often trenchant and thought-provoking.” — The Washington Post

“Mr. Klosterman makes good, smart company.” — The New York Times

“Dude, better than another fucking Gang of Four reference.” — The Village Voice (“Top Shelf 2005” pick)

“Filled with stunning, simple little snakebites of truth.” — Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

“Riveting and poignant, both side-splitting and stirring…. Nobody understands identification through pop culture like Chuck Klosterman…. Killing Yourself to Live is terribly funny, astute, canny and yet incredibly sensitive. I read it. Then read it again. Chuck Klosterman is a fucking genius…” — NOW Magazine (Toronto)

“An amusing gazetteer of modern America.” — Los Angeles Times

“He writes with real articulacy and feeling about the relationship between rock music and the non-alpha males who worship it…. He’s ferociously clever and ferociously self-deprecating, which makes him a superb companion…I absolutely loved it. I don’t suppose those guys in tight trousers and make-up have any idea they have such a great chronicler.” — Evening Standard (London)

“With immense affability, Klosterman welcome you into his world from the start…. It’s hard not be instantly won over…. Even if your world is not exactly his world, it’s a pleasure to be along for the ride. Despite his morbid leanings, Chuck is helplessly, hilariously stuck in the land of the living.” — The Guardian (London)

“A nice meditation on rock, living fast, dying young and leaving a pretty corpse.” — Chicago Tribune

“I can’t think of a more sheerly likable writer than Chuck Klosterman and his old-fashioned, all-American voice: big-hearted and direct, bright and unironic, optimistic and amiable, self-deprecating and reassuring—with a captivating lack of fuss or pretension. He’s also genuinely funny and I pretty much agree with everything he says.” — Bret Easton Ellis

“Thank God Chuck lives the life he does and writes the way he writes about it. It’s not just autobiography; it’s a vital form of truth, and he’s the real thing.” — Douglas Coupland



Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs stands out as one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century.” — The Onion A.V. Club

“You really should check out this book.” — Entertainment Weekly

Sex, Drugs, Cocoa Puffs will make you question your most dearly held beliefs about popular culture.” — Playboy

“It’s quintessential Klosterman, sometimes exasperating but almost always engaging.” — GQ

“Hilarious, yet also profound… Klosterman is a social critic, not just a pop-culture one, worth following.” — The Denver Post

“Dude, this rules!!!” — People

“Maddeningly smart and funny.” — The Washington Post

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs makes a persuasive case that even seemingly forgettable bits of pop culture resonate more deeply than anyone ever thought they would.” — The Hartford Courant

“Klosterman has written a book that deftly skewers Americans’ dysfunctional love affair with everything and anyone famous…sometimes provocative, sometimes insightful and almost always very funny.” — The Columbus Dispatch

“Wickedly funny.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“Klosterman is a clever fellow, crackerjack observer and dazzling writer.” — The Charlotte Observer

“Klosterman’s pop-culture appetite is like that of a hungry trucker at a Sizzler salad bar. It’s his very voraciousness that gives him an aura of ex cathedra authority. He’s perfect junk food for the soul.” — The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Chuck Klosterman has the time and inclination to think through the issues that you didn’t even know were issues. Laugh at him, or with him, or both…but you will laugh, dammit, you will laugh.” — Bob Odenkirk



“Writing about American pop culture doesn’t get any better than this, or any funnier, or any more readable. If you love rock & roll, you will love Fargo Rock City.”  — Stephen King

“You NEED to read this book. This man is a great writer and the book is not just about hair metal bands but about how it feels, how music feels, how media saturated culture feels, and how it’s all in the detai

About Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman

Photo: © Jason Booher

Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; I Wear the Black Hat; But What If We’re Wrong?; and Killing Yourself to Live) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons.


Stay tuned for news and updates from Chuck.

Dallas Observer – June 19, 2017

Dallas Morning News – June 14, 2017

Playboy – Interview – May 26, 2017

PC Mag – May 24, 2017

WABE 90.1FM – Atlanta NPR – May 22, 2017

PC Mag –  “The Convo With Evan Dashevsky” – May 22, 2017

The Denver Post – May 19, 2017

WNYC – “The Takeaway” – May 18, 2017

The Tennessean – May 18, 2017

Wisconsin Public Radio – “Central Time” – May 18, 2017

Milwaukee Magazine – May 18, 2017

Chapter 16 – Humanities Tennessee – May 18, 2017

Musing – Parnassus Books Lit Journal – May 17, 2017

Kiro Radio 97.3FM – Seattle – May 17, 2017

Los Angeles Times – May 16, 2017

Slate – The Gist – May 16, 2017

Paste Magazine – May 16, 2017

Shepherd Express – May 16, 2017

Associated Press (via Washington Post) – May 15, 2017

The Leonard Lopate Show – WNYC – May 15, 2017

Wisconsin State Journal – May 14, 2017

CBS News – May 13, 2017

The Buffalo News – May 5, 2017

Bustle – April 24, 2017

GOOD Magazine – April 10, 2017

WTF With Marc Maron – Podcast – July 22, 2016

Electric Literature – July 21, 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – July 10, 2016

Washington Post – July 7, 2016

National Post – July 7, 2016

The Millions – June 30, 2016

KQED – The Cooler Podcast – June 30, 2016

Austin Chronicle – June 27, 2016

The Portland Mercury – June 22, 2016

Esquire – June 21, 2016

Winnipeg Free Press – June 18, 2016

St. Louis Public Radio – June 16, 2016

Yakima Herald – June 15, 2016

Read It Forward – June 14, 2016

CBC Radio – Q Talk Show – June 13, 2016

Minneapolis City Pages – June 13, 2016

Salon – June 11, 2016

New Hampshire Public Radio – NHPR – June 11, 2016

Maclean’s Magazine – June 11, 2016

Lit Hub – June 10, 2016

Downtown with Rich Kimball – WZON – June 9, 2016

Mediander – June 9, 2016

The Ringer – June 8, 2016

Forbes – June 8, 2016

The Artery – WBUR Boston – June 8, 2016

The Maine Edge – June 8, 2016

DCist – June 8, 2016

Lit Hub – Excerpt – June 7, 2016

Beaks and Geeks – June 7, 2016

Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 7, 2016

Barnes & Noble – June 7, 2016

Slate’s The Gist – June 7, 2016

The Guardian – June 7, 2016

Billy Penn – June 7, 2016

Late Night With Seth Meyers – June 6, 2016

Tech Insider – June 6, 2016

Gothamist – June 6, 2016

CBS This Morning – June 4, 2016

NPR All Things Considered – June 3, 2016

Minneapolis Star Tribune – June 2, 2016

Fast Company – Excerpt – June 1, 2016

GQ Magazine – Excerpt – May 31, 2016

New York Times Magazine – Excerpt – May 23, 2016


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