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I Wear the Black Hat : Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined) (Hardcover) (Chuck Klosterman)

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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.
From New York Times bestselling author, ?one of America?s top cultural critics? (Entertainment Weekly), and ?The Ethicist? for The New York Times Magazine comes a new book of all original pieces on villains and villainy in popular culture.

Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a child, he rooted for conventionally good characters like wide-eyed Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. But as Klosterman aged, his alliances shifted?first to Han Solo and then to Darth Vader. Vader was a hero who consciously embraced evil; Vader wanted to be bad. But 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)? In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the culture of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don?t we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who?s more worthy of our vitriol?Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson?s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still obsessed with some kid he knew for one week in 1985?

Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero (seemingly the only kind of hero America still creates). I Wear the Black Hat is the rare example of serious criticism that?s instantly accessible and really, really funny. He is the only writer doing whatever it is he?s doing.

Number of Pages: 214
Genre: Social Science, Literary Collections, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Essays, Mass Media, Popular Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Chuck Klosterman
Language: English
Street Date: July 9, 2013
TCIN: 14574347
UPC: 9781439184493
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-0395
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