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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Chuck Klosterman

Narrated By: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: June 2006

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


Over half a million copies sold!
From the author of the highly acclaimed heavy metal memoir, Fargo Rock City, comes another hilarious and discerning take on massively popular culture—set in Chuck Klosterman’s den and your own—covering everything from the effect of John Cusack flicks to the crucial role of breakfast cereal to the awesome power of the Dixie Chicks.

Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don’t even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he’ll make you laugh, and he’ll drive you insane—usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but—really—it’s about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, “In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever ‘in and of itself.’” Read to believe.


  • Risikat A

    This is the first book, audio book or otherwise, that I've quit reading. Perhaps its because the observations no longer hold up in 2017? Either way, the conclusions were a reach and the work just wasn't compelling enough to continue. Made it about a third through before bailing.

  • Adam H.

    I really liked this book, but that's because I'm a gen-xer and I grew up with all the same pop culture things he writes about. If you weren't allowed to watch TV growing up or never read a comic book, you wont like this one.

  • ML

    This book has to be the surprise book of the year for me. Imagine a GenXer David Sedaris, that's the best way I can describe it. Satirical, funny, I actually laughed out loud a few times which is rare for me. If you enjoy comedy poking fun at pop culture and even occassionally hitting close to home, this is something you will enjoy!

  • Sandy

    Just plain horrible--Kept hoping it would get better but it got worse--was able to get through 2 C-D's and sent it back.

  • DepartedHavest com

    If you are in the mood to be bored to death, bludgeoned with pop culture pontifications, slain by the inane, please rent this book. It is Cocoa Puffs for the ears.

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto, Chuck Klosterman