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Many others had similarly troubled introductions to the opportunities of the New World.

That now happened again, with books such as Toni Morrison’s

Tell me a bit about your blog, and how your experience affects your perspective on the use of the word “retard” and “retarded.”

And now Chuck begins his irresistible habit of bitch-slapping twee intellectual rock critics.

Chuck Klosterman. Photo by Kamilla Kraczkowski.

This group sheds light on Klöstermän’s neologism . You can be poor and working-class without stooping this low. In effect, there are better and worse paupers. Klöstermän hits another nail right on the head: The worse paupers do indeed make you embarrassed to like heavy metal.

But a backlash soon set in, and Styron was accused of “whitened appropriation” of black history.

The story proceeds with a gritty real-life urban quality,
except for a few passages in which the leading protagonists find
a superhero’s cape which allows them to fly through the air.

Colson Whitehead aims to do just that with his 2016 novel


Chuck Klosterman: I grew up hating the Vikings.

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Then there’s driving to your roommates ’s place in his Mazda B2000 pickup (now illicitly famous: Like and old rear-drive , their desert invincibility suits them to Afghanistan), listening to the mix tape he painstakingly assembled for said , and cowering into the B-pillar as the player eats the tape, triggering rage.

Chuck Klosterman: Well, that's true. Look at , for example.

Chuck Klosterman: I don't give a shit. I'm so fucking sick of . Why is everyone talking about it? It's one of those weird social things where I hear people talking about it who I know don't normally watch those programs. It's helping all of them now, isn't it? Isn't the only reason people are watching NBC now is that they want to see if something's going to happen next?

That seems like a cool premise for a book.’”

I can’t remember any of the kids I coached and I don’t recall teaching them anything of consequence, but I always enjoyed the drive. It meant an hour a day in my brother’s shiny red pickup truck, and – as all metalheads know – pickup trucks have the finest acoustics in the world. Twenty minutes in the front seat of a Chevy Silverado is a better sonic experience than an entire afternoon at Abbey Road Studios, and the explanation for why is simple logistics: The speakers are right behind your head! That was a very loud summer. Lots of Ratt.

Oh, that's a good question. A specific story I would like to do?

Chuck Klosterman: I read somewhere that the number of pro athletes who end up going bankrupt is the same as the number of lottery winners who go bankrupt. But when you think about it, in both cases there is a big similarity: Someone has kind of fallen into this huge windfall. If you're the kind of person who's going to devote the early part of his life to playing basketball, it is sort of unrealistic to think that you're also going to be the kind of person who's just a realist in general.
The question is, can you meet somebody who will say, "Hey, don't worry about this. We're going to find you a person who will handle your money,' and have that person be trustworthy? The thing with universities is weird, though. The reason one could argue they should have more responsibility is because they benefit from this regardless of what happens to the kids.

Please enlighten me: What are the ethics of using the R-word?

Chuck Klosterman: They almost have the worst possible system now. The easy solution to this would be to require players to go to college for at least two years. Either that or let kids go after high school and basically say, "This is a capitalist society, so if you can make money, go ahead and earn it."
The problem with having kids go after one year is that the life experience they're supposed to get from going to college, they don't even get that. Because they pretty much only go the first semester. The second semester has no need to go to school. Because he's definitely going into the NBA, it doesn't matter if he gets all "F"s—his ineligibility won't kick in 'til next year. If you have a kid go for two years, basically it means he has to take three semesters of class and maybe over that 18-month span he will gain some sort of passing interest in business or history or anything—anything that might make him later say, "Well, I wouldn't mind learning about that for a different life after basketball," or maybe just, "I've spent time talking to people who aren't basketball players."
That's part of it—you close these people off from the rest of the world. They have this strange, insular society where is your role model for how to be a businessman because he's the only guy you know who has a lot of money. That's why when you ask yourself, "Who are the most immature, most abrasive and obnoxious athletes?" it's always baseball players, because so few of them did anything but play baseball right out of high school.