Favorite September Quotes

10351068_10202854941240476_7605593307813178987_nThere’s been a lot of inactivity on this blog as of late and I apologize for that. I haven’t been reading or writing as much due to busyness on the design side of life. I have big plans for this blog. Soon I will be introducing another reviewer and incorporating more writings from famous authors and poets.

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Review: I Wear The Black Hat

9781439184493_custom-934bc30038cc837decd89f95a4fd448fc2e953e2-s6-c30Title: I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

Author: Chuck Klosterman

Genre: Social Science

Publisher: Scribner

Publishing Date: July 9, 2013

Pages: 224 pgs


Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he related to the cultural figures who represented goodness—but as an adult, he found himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better). They wanted to be evil. And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying (and why are we so obsessed with saying it)? How does the culture of deliberate malevolence operate?
In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the modern understanding of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz the same way we see Batman? Who is more worthy of our vitriol—Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O. J. Simpson’s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still haunted by some kid he knew for one week in 1985?
Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and imaginative hypotheticals, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the antihero (seemingly the only kind of hero America still creates). I Wear the Black Hat is a rare example of serious criticism that’s instantly accessible and really, really funny. Klosterman continues to be the only writer doing whatever it is he’s doing. Continue reading “Review: I Wear The Black Hat”