Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

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Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, preeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet—the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death.

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock ‘n’ roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end—one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.

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Chuck Klosterman is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous books, including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Eating the Dinosaur; Killing Yourself to Live; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and The Onion A.V. Club. He currently serves as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.

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As a writer for SPIN and ESQUIRE, Chuck Klosterman focuses on the subject of rock 'n' roll and pop culture. His recent 6,557- mile adventure in a Ford Taurus, checking out the places where rock stars died, is perfectly yet drolly summarized in this audio. Klosterman's story brings the listener from a graveyard, where he snorts cocaine, to the site of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash to the place where Kurt Cobain committed suicide, all the while humorously commenting on his great love for the three women in his life. In a voice and style that are appropriately hip, Patrick Lawlor flawlessly captures the sarcastic tone and dry humor found in this wild adventure. M.R.E. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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