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Publisher Description

One-of-a-kind cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman “offers up great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations in this look at our love affair with the anti-hero” (New York magazine).

Chuck Klosterman, “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, has walked into the darkness. In I Wear the Black Hat, he questions the modern understanding of villainy. 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 malevolence operate? 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). As the Los Angeles Times notes: “By underscoring the contradictory, often knee-jerk ways we encounter the heroes and villains of our culture, Klosterman illustrates the passionate but incomplete computations that have come to define American culture—and maybe even American morality.” I Wear the Black Hat is a rare example of serious criticism that’s instantly accessible and really, really funny.

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2013
July 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Stockman311 ,

A nice few hours of mind gymnastics

Chuck has a style of writing that I really enjoy. Not always contrarian but always attempting to get to the truth amongst the never ending noise of myth and common ignorance. The only reason it doesn't get the 5 stars from me is the length of the book. I got to the end and said out loud, "That's it?"

G_R_Bonzo ,

Layers of Reality

I'm one of the odd literary enthusiasts that prefer introspective looks of the actual than imaginatively creative scenarios. This is one of the finest opinionated collectives I've ever read and highly recommend it to anyone that just wants to open up their spiritual eye to what's actually around them.

Jori B ,

Made me laugh out loud

I really enjoyed this book. I could totally relate and kept thinking "so true!" about everything I read. I was bummed when I finished it. I'm definitely looking up more of CK's work and will recommend this book to everyone.

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