Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

  • by Chuck Klosterman
  • Narrated by Chuck Klosterman
  • 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the kid who brought you Fargo Rock City, the first book in history to garner the praise of Stephen King, David Byrne, Donna Gaines, Sebastian Bach, Jonathan Lethem, and Rivers Cuomo, comes Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, the first book in history to examine breakfast cereal, reality television, tribute bands, Internet porn, serial killers, and the Dixie Chicks. Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman, with an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and a seemingly effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter. Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry of the 1980s, Chuck will make you think, he'll make you laugh, and he'll drive you insane, usually all at once.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about movies, sports, television, music, books, video games, and kittens but, really, it's about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, "In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever 'in and of itself.'"


What the Critics Say

"[Klosterman] is a skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain, a photo-perfect memory for entertainment trivia, and has real chops as a memoirist." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intelligent analysis and thought-provoking insight....there is much here to entertain and illuminate." (


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A Brilliant Manifesto

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Chuck Klosterman embodies everything that I WISH I could be as a writer. This book is FULL of brilliant observations, hilarious anecdotes, and memorable one-liners. This book is worth every penny.

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- Niels J. Rasmussen "That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?"

Whiny and annoying

I usually just click on the star-rating and don't usually write reviews, but I felt compelled in this case. There is no doubt that the author is smart and can write (the main reason for 2 stars instead of 1), but his subject matter is mind-numbingly idiotic. Elaborately detailed essays on topics such as Pamela Anderson and MTV The Real Life are long, boring, and inane, and would only interest someone else similarly obsessed. I kept hoping he all of his minute observations and pointless philosophizing about pop-culture and celebrities would culminate in some greater point, but they never did. Also, the author reads the book himself, which is something I wish happened more often for non-fiction works, but in this case his nasal, whiny voice just grates. Suffice it to say, this is the first audiobook I just could not make it through. I turned it off and listened to the radio (of all things) until I could get home and download a different audiobook!
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- LS

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio