Chuck Klosterman’s scores of essays and stories are all united by one common theme: their intense relatability, owing largely to the author’s conversational tone and uncanny knack for building arguments around sets of pop cultural totems central to our worldviews. We expect this to be even more apparent in his latest novel, The Visible Man, set right here in Austin. (Maybe when he reads at BookPeople this Friday, October 21st, he’ll take meta to the next level and read the scene he set at the store, which he’s visited on past book tours.)
Exploring the relationship between therapist and patient (and delusion and reality), The Visible Man is the story of Texas doctor Victoria Vick and her mysterious patient Y__, a former scientist set on achieving invisibility. The novel, while character-driven, is built on an analysis of analysis itself, which is perfectly in line with Klosterman’s signature style, largely displayed in his non-fiction (and, most recently, in his column on Bill Simmons’ Grantland.com).
You can read an excerpt of The Visible Man online; check out the trailer, too:
Not enough Chuck for you? If you want to dig deeper into Klosterman’s work, here are a few places to get started:
Esquire compiles twenty-three “life lessons” in Klosterman’s own words, ranging from the best way to find inspiration to the importance of knowing the difference between North and South Dakota.
The title says it all: this is a well-reasoned argument that holds fast to a big point (Klosterman’s specialty). Complete with footnotes, a good introduction to the author’s writing style—and maybe you’ll come away from it loving BB even more.
On the other side of the spectrum, here are 21 succinct, one-line album reviews that smartly sum up (among other things) why you shouldn’t write off Courtney Love’s 2004 album, America’s Sweetheart.
Why are zombies so popular? What does it say about society? Why is it important to even think about it? All this and more, explored in this New York Times essay.
Ever wonder what the real difference between post-rock, prog rock and rawk is? It’s huge, guys, and you’re lucky you’ve got an expert to walk you through it.
Chuck Klosterman appears Friday, October 21 at 7 pm at BookPeople.