Thursday, July 18, 2013
Essayist Chuck Klosterman rose to attention with his witty, tangent-laden musings on pop culture (some of the best of which are collected in 2003’s Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto). That distinct voice didn’t translate so well to his recent novels, 2008’s Downtown Owl and 2011’s The Visible Man, so with his latest book he wisely returns to the grab-bag essays he’s best known for. His new I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), is ostensibly about how villains are depicted in culture, but that loose theme is really just an excuse for him to write about whatever crosses his mind, from Muhammad Ali and Roman Polanski to Bill Clinton and Chevy Chase. Klosterman will read from the book tonight at this free appearance.