Book review: 'Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs' by Chuck Klosterman

Posted on April 13, 2007

If you are at the very least familiar with pop culture humor, you are probably know about Chuck Klosterman. I'm not insinuating that you've read all of is works or anything like that, but perhaps you've heard his name before.

In "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs," he touches on just about every facet of American society you can think of, from the media to politics to "Saved by the Bell" to Lakers v. Celtics to a Guns and Roses tribute band. And I left out the other 65,251 pop culture references, many of them music-related in some way.

There's no doubt that Klosterman is an excellent writer. His sentences seem to always be the right length, his information and tone is engaging and he gives the reader the opportunity to think along during the travel of any particular column.

The only complaint I have is that he overuses irony; and in some places, I don't even think irony applies. I lost count, but it appeared that every column in this book tried to portray irony, which, as a writer, is definitely a good thing to utilize. However, most readers are intelligent enough to decipher some irony, and not need to be reminded of it on every fifth page.

I would recommend "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" to anyone who is at least vaguely familiar to American culture, with emphasis from the late '70s to the early '90s. If not, you'll probably miss a lot of the jokes. Oh the irony ... er wait, that's not ironic at all.