Tuesday, July 23rd @ 6:30 pm - Chuck Klosterman discusses and signs "Raised in Captivity"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Chuck Klosterman to the store to discuss and sign Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm. Joining him in conversation will be the editor-in-chief of The Ringer, Sean Fennessey. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
*Customers may reserve one seat at this event for each copy of Raised in Captivity pre-purchased from DIESEL, A Bookstore. Please stop by or call the Brentwood store at 310.576.9960 for more information or to buy a copy.
Microdoses of the straight dope, stories so true they had to be wrapped in fiction for our own protection, from the best-selling author of But What if We're Wrong?
A man flying first class discovers a puma in the lavatory. A new coach of a small-town Oklahoma high school football team installs an offense comprised of only one, very special, play. A man explains to the police why he told the employee of his local bodega that his colleague looked like the lead singer of Depeche Mode, a statement that may or may not have led in some way to a violent crime. A college professor discusses with his friend his difficulties with the new generation of students. An obscure power pop band wrestles with its new-found fame when its song "Blizzard of Summer" becomes an anthem for white supremacists. A couple considers getting a medical procedure that will transfer the pain of childbirth from the woman to her husband. A woman interviews a hit man about killing her husband but is shocked by the method he proposes. A man is recruited to join a secret government research team investigating why coin flips are no longer exactly 50/50. A man sees a whale struck by lightning, and knows that everything about his life has to change. A lawyer grapples with the unintended side effects of a veterinarian's rabies vaccination.
Fair warning: Raised in Captivity does not slot into a smooth preexisting groove. If Saul Steinberg and Italo Calvino had adopted a child from a Romanian orphanage and raised him on Gary Larson and Thomas Bernhard, he would still be nothing like Chuck Klosterman. They might be good company, though. Funny, wise and weird in equal measure, Raised in Captivity bids fair to be one of the most original and exciting story collections in recent memory, a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes, fears, and preoccupations. Ceaselessly inventive, hostile to corniness in all its forms, and mean only to the things that really deserve it, it marks a cosmic leap forward for one of our most consistently interesting writers.
Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of eight nonfiction books including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, I Wear the Black Hat, But What If We're Wrong?, and Killing Yourself to Live, as well as two novels, Downtown Owl and The Visible Man. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons.
Photo Credit - Jason Booher
Sean Fennessey is an editor, writer, and podcaster. He is the editor-in-chief of The Ringer and prior to that was Deputy Editor at Grantland and an editor at GQ and Vibe. As a journalist, he has written for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Pitchfork, among others. He is the host of The Big Picture podcast and is also a regular co-host of The Rewatchables podcast and a columnist who frequently writes about movies and the film industry.
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