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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

Chuck Klosterman

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In this witty collection of essays published in 2003, music critic Chuck Klosterman focuses on the effects of American pop culture and how it intertwines with our daily lives.


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs

by Chuck Klosterman


What can The Sims tell us about the way we live our lives? How has Hollywood shaped our expectations of our partners? For better or worse, our psyches and behavior are shaped by the pop culture that surrounded us growing up, from hit songs to breakfast cereals.

Chuck Klosterman is an art, culture, and music writer whose work has appeared in Spin, GQ, and Esquire. In his 2003 collection of essays, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman explores how the popular culture and mainstream media of the 1980s and 1990s shaped the cohort known as Generation X. Klosterman uses anecdotal wit, niche references, and his extensive love of pop culture to explore its impact on a generation of consumers.

Favorite quote

The goal of being alive is to figure out what it means to be alive, and there is a myriad of ways to deduce that answer; I just happen to prefer examining the question through the context of Pamela Anderson and The Real World and Frosted Flakes.

- Chuck Klosterman

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