Eating the Dinosaur
by Chuck Klosterman
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After his scrappy and occasionally amusing head-banger memoir Fargo Rock City hit stores in 2001, Chuck Klosterman soon morphed from bucolic hair-metal apologist to city-slicker pop anthropologist: The native North Dakotan moved to New York and become the voice of anti-elitism at elite print-media juggernauts such as Spin, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. This privileged position required him to dive deeper for salvageable meaning in the Dumpsters of popular culture, even while continuing to reject anything reeking of “alternative” exclusivity.
In 2004’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, he picked through long-discarded dregs of trash culture—Pam Anderson and Saved by the Bell, for instance—and recycled them into overextended riffs. In his latest, Eating the Dinosaur, he confesses spending “an inordinate amount of
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