I Wear The Black Hat – Chuck Klosterman


From Goodreads:”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.(less)”

Villains are all around us. They are fictional characters in movies and television. They are real live people harming the innocent. They are the inconsiderate jerks who cut in line at the supermarket. There is no escaping them, so why not dive in to a book that analyzes what makes these people villains? Klosterman’s new book is a compilation of short critical essay pieces on villainy and why society sees them as evil. He compares and contrasts real and fiction evils with humour and a quirky attitude. Resembling his previous works, if you loved Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs then you will enjoy this book too! Klosterman is great at capturing his audiences attention with odd topics and great writing!


Do you plan on reading this book? What is your favourite Klosterman book?

Rating: 4/5


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