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Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sept. 20, 2009.jpg
Klosterman in 2009
BornCharles John Klosterman
Breckenridge, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, journalist
Pop culture
Melissa Maerz(m. 2009)

Charles John Klosterman is an American author and essayist whose work focuses on American popular culture. He has been a columnist for Esquire and and wrote "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine . Klosterman is the author of ten books, including two novels and the essay collection Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto . He was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for music criticism in 2002. [1]

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Early life

Klosterman was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, the youngest of seven children of Florence and William Klosterman. [2] He is of German and Polish descent. [3] He grew up on a farm in nearby Wyndmere, North Dakota, [4] and was raised Roman Catholic. He graduated from Wyndmere High School in 1990 and from the University of North Dakota in 1994.[ citation needed ]

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After college, Klosterman was a journalist in Fargo, North Dakota, and later a reporter and arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in 2002. [5] From 2002 to 2006, Klosterman was a senior writer and columnist for Spin . He has written for GQ , Esquire , The New York Times Magazine , The Believer , The Guardian , and The Washington Post . [6] His magazine work has been anthologized in Da Capo Press's Best Music Writing,Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Though initially recognized for his rock writing, Klosterman has written extensively about sports and began contributing articles to ESPN's Page 2 on November 8, 2005. [7]

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In 2008, Klosterman spent the summer as the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the Leipzig University's Institute for American Studies in Germany. [8]

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Klosterman was an original member of Grantland, a now-defunct sports and pop culture web site owned by ESPN and founded by Bill Simmons. Klosterman was a consulting editor. [9]

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He also appeared in three episodes of the Adult Swim web feature Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week , discussing the year's football games as an animated version of himself and trying (unsuccessfully) to plug his book as Carl cuts him off each time. He quickly vanished after, with Carl giving the explanation of "He had to go do a book tour and also he didn't like how I kept calling him 'pencilneck'".

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In 2012, Klosterman appeared in the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits on musical group LCD Soundsystem; Klosterman's extended interview with the group's frontman James Murphy is woven throughout the film.

In 2015, Klosterman appeared on episodes 6 and 7 of the first season of IFC show Documentary Now! as a music critic for the fictional band "The Blue Jean Committee".

His eighth book, titled I Wear the Black Hat, was published in 2013. It focuses on the paradox of villainy within a heavily mediated culture. His best-selling ninth book, But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past , was published June 7, 2016. It visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear in the future to those who will perceive it as the distant past. [10]


Klosterman is the author of eleven books and a set of cards.


Essay collections


Personal life

In 2009, Klosterman married journalist Melissa Maerz. They have two children. [14]

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