Sports, pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman to speak in Columbus

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerChuck Klosterman is the author of "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" and other best-sellers.

RICHARD FLEISCHMAN

Sports and pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman will be the next speaker in the "Building Common Ground" lecture series.

Klosterman, the author of best-sellers such as "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs," will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Patrick Theater of the Columbus Museum.

Admission is free, and no tickets or reservations are needed. Klosterman will sign copies of his books during a reception after his speech. A selection of his books will be for sale in the museum's gift shop.

"Chuck Klosterman is not a detached academic who deconstructs pop culture at arm's-length with a deadening sterility," Henry McCoy, programming and communications coordinator for the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, wrote in a news release. "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."

Klosterman is a contributor to the sports website Grantland.com and writes "The Ethicist" column in the New York Times Magazine. His other non-fiction books include "Killing Yourself to Live" and "Fargo Rock City," of which author Stephen King said, "Writing about pop culture doesn't get any better than this, or funnier." He also has written 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.

"Building Common Ground" is 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.

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