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Chuck Klosterman IV : A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

Chuck Klosterman IV : A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas

As the author of three of our favorite books, Chuck Klosterman could write a children's book and we'd probably buy it. Luckily, his fourth effort is not exactly for ages 3 and up. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas ($16; September 2006) is a collection of previous essays as opposed to an original piece, but his brilliance in describing American pop culture is simply unsurpassed — it's writing that makes you laugh, think, and look smarter at parties. If you don't want to wait until the release to read some more Chuck, check out this excellent interview. You're welcome.

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