Book Review: Eating The Dinosaur

June 29, 2010

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.

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“Why do we ask questions?”

I cannot tell you what this book is about. It’s titled Eating the Dinosaur, for chrissakes.

The chapters in the book are seemingly (and, for the most part, literally) unrelated — from comparing Kurt Cobain and David Koresh; to time travel; to Ralph Sampson. But if you have ever consumed Klosterman (such as a magazine piece, or his brilliant 1-page cameo in The Book Of Basketball), you know this man is a unique thinker who will have you tilting your head with raised eyebrows (what I — and most humans — unconsciously do when I hear or read a completely unique but also completely accurate point).

The one thing about Klosterman that draws me to him is that he is extremely analytical; breaking his and others’ actions down to the most minute levels and (possible) purposes. So much that his chapter on Garth Brooks even had my attention.

Favorite section: Klosterman explaining how we give up almost all of our independent, human freedoms to have an air-conditioned apartment in July. And it makes perfect sense.

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