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The world according to Chuck

Friday, January 23, 2009  
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By Matt Torman
Posted January 23, 2009 @ 1:20 p.m.
Rockford gets a heavy dose of popular culture this week from one of the subject’s most famous spokesmen.

Best-selling author Chuck Klosterman will be at Rockford College on Thursday to present “Life
Through the Prism of Pop Culture,” a discussion of celebrity and the media’s role in today’s world and how such things can shape our lives.
Before you go, here are a few things you might want to know about this generation’s pop-culture theologian:
1. Klosterman is widely known for his work as a music critic and culture diarist (writing for Spin magazine and Esquire, among others), but he also has an affinity for sports. His musings have been featured in blogs on
2. “Killing Yourself to Live” expanded into a book from an assignment for Spin magazine. In it, Klosterman chronicles a three-week cross-country trek to visit sites where famous rock stars died.
3. Some chapter titles from “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs,” a best-selling collection of essays on all things pop culture: “Being Zack Morris,” “Sulking with Lisa Loeb on the Ice Planet Hoth” and “The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise’s Shattered Troll-like Face.”
4. He won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2002 for “Fargo Rock City.” The award recognizes books, articles, broadcasts and Web sites on the subject of music.
5. Klosterman grew up on a farm near Wyndmere, N.D., which has a population of 533 as of the 2000 U.S. Census. Similarly, his most recent book, “Downtown Owl,” his first foray into fiction, is set in a small town “somewhere in North Dakota.”

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