Yes. It is true. I finally learned how to eat a dinosaur thanks to Chuck Klosterman. And it only took me 10 short days! Actually, that title was meant to be misleading so you’d be interested in this blog post. This tactic is employed in Klosterman’s 6th book in which the title is in fact “Eating the Dinosaur.” His title however is much more meta and insightful than mine. Plus the cover art of the book just makes you giggle.
But you’re all saying, “Jake, Eating the Dinosaur was published, like, back in 2009! Stop trying to be a pretentious hipster d bag.” I’ll agree with the pretentious hipster d bag, but let’s be honest, this guy had never entered my radar until my 23rd birthday.
While I was in downtown Portland with my family, I angrily stumbled in to a world of wonderful delights. What is this world you may ask? It is the wonderful world of Powell’s Books. If you’ve never been to this theme park of awesomeness, and we are legitimately friends offline, then I sincerely question the legitimacy of our friendship thus far. Seriously, stop reading this stupid blog and go, find a book and lose yourself there.
Back to the point at hand, you might have noticed I used the word “angrily” a few sentences back. So let’s Tarantino this bitch. None of my family thought it would be wise to make a reservation on a Saturday at the end of September around 7pm at Henry’s Tavern. It was a clusterf*** of madness. There was a Timber’s game about to start so all the hipster families that pretend they care about soccer were having burgers and brew before the game. On top of that it must have been homecoming night at several high schools because droves of awkward teens that weren’t going to tip their server (or their date if you know what I mean) were coming in wave after wave. Needless to say I had an hour or more to kill before we were able to be seated. This is when somebody (probably me) had the brilliant idea to head a block over to this gargantuan sized book store.
I have to preface this with the fact that I always have to buy some sort of odd book when I go in to Powell’s. It’s tradition for me now. Usually around $8 but sometimes I’ll go up to $15. One time I purchased a collection of different artists’ representation of cryptozoology animals. Another time I found Hipster Puppies in the bargain bin and proceeded to buy it. #winning
And this time my eyes were drawn to Klosterman’s intriguing title, hilarious graphic and enticing back cover. To give you an idea of how witty/meta/insightful this book can get, this is an excerpt from just the back cover:
Q: What is this book about?
A: Well, that’s difficult to say. I haven’t read it yet-I’ve just picked it up and casually glanced at the back cover. (Already I’m cracking a smile) There clearly isn’t a plot. I’ve heard there’s a lot of stuff about time travel in this book (I could have purchased the book on this fact alone), and quite a bit about violence and Garth Brooks and why Germans don’t laugh when they’re inside grocery stores. Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play significant roles. I think there are several pages about Rear Window and college football and Mad Men and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having sex with Asian women. Supposedly there’s a chapter outlining all the things the Unabomber was right about, but perhaps I’m misinformed.
Klosterman has some random ass thoughts in this book that all revolve around media, the consumption of it and where we are left picking up the pieces when all is said and done. The ethos, pathos and logos in this book are all almost perfect, but that is only because they are about things you’d never find yourself really analytically dissecting like Klosterman does for us.
While they are his thoughts, they are not his thoughts alone. Sometimes during the reading of this book you will find yourself thinking, “yeah that totally makes sense, why haven’t I thought about it like that before?”
All in all I really enjoyed this book, and while it didn’t take me quite 10 days to finish it, I do suggest reading it in chunks like he has them spread out in the book, that way you can digest the material over night more thoroughly.
Now I just have to figure out what I’m going to read next…I’m thinking something a little bit more light that dinosaur meat..