The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman – New York Times bestselling author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Downtown Owl, “the Ethicist” of the New York. It’s next to impossible for some writers to escape how their initial success defines them, and Chuck Klosterman certainly became a successful. Klosterman’s (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs) deadpan humor is on full display in this tour de force exploration of intimacy and voyeurism.
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The Visible Man
You’re going to hear his music through these things you learned in the interview. There are way too many good shows on right now This book made me think about what it means to be alone and who I really am when no one’s watching- who we all are when no one’s looking.
If someone says, “‘The Visible Man’ is about a man who becomes invisible,” does that bother you? But what other series has polar bears and smoke monsters and islands? I absolutely loved the premise, which should be no surprise given the above wish list.
Love him or hate him, Klosterman’s stoner-genius extemporizing is unmatched, and here he offers theories on everything from why Facebook caught on with adults to why North America has more crazy people than the population of every other industrialized nation combined. Having written this book, which includes a lot of interview-based conversation, was your position on interviewing altered?
In particular I felt that the ending was rushed, it was one of those moments where I had been waiting patiently throughout the book to expect a gripping climax. Invisibility is often used for mischief, but in Chuck Klosterman’s new novel, his invisible character sits still, looks deeply and disrupts only when necessary. These are the unfortunates of any given era, because the tropes of that era are so well-known by then, the last artists of that movement can only achieve fame through cartoonish exaggerations of them; and although many of them push through to become the groundbreakers of the next era, that group of creatives klosterjan general tends to get blamed for driving that era into the ground for good, and for necessitating the cultural shift to the new era in the first place.
Is there any part of her personality that isn’t dictated by this cycle? klostermman
The Visible Man (novel) – Wikipedia
It reminds me a little of my relationship with Kevin Smith movies: Mar 24, Cathy rated it really liked it. So yes, after reading the abysmal Downtown Owl a few years ago, I infamously declared here that I would never read a Chuck Klosterman book again; and indeed, I would’ve never read this latest of his, The Visible Manif it had not randomly shown up on the “New Releases” shelf of my neighborhood library on an exact day when I was perusing it.
But what kind of therapist would allow themselves to almost become involved with this person? At the same time, I was thinking a lot about the process of interviewing.
‘Visible Man’ Asks: What If No One Were Watching?
Even though interviewing is this incredibly flawed process, it’s still the best means we have for understanding people we don’t know.
Chuck Klosterman is one of those writers whose work captivates me directly and significantly, and his latest novel is no different. The premise is ingenious to begin with. He’s not content to watch them in silence; he wants to fix them. The ability to eat leaves and be nourished by them, I guess? But at the same time, if you keep going on that, eventually you end up writing a book where the whole premise is, “This book exists.
Writer Chuck Klosterman presents ‘The Visible Man’ – CNN
Chyck this really works out, it will be a testament to your vision and spirit. He spies on individuals he chooses at random, following them into their homes, watching, observing, noting their everyday actions, taking narcotics in order to stay awake. Its format, primarily fictitious transcripts from the fictional therapist who was presenting the manuscript, is broken up into nice little chunks which cjuck make for good light reading over a period of several days.
I knew nothing about this book going into it, and I think that’s what made it so compelling and awesome. Oct 14, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whatever the reason, I just wanted a little more out of the last ten to twenty pages. The story is set in Austin and mentions familiar landmarks: I felt like throughout the book he was trying to expand on an a really great idea but it just wasn’t well thought out to drag it along for the entirety of a novel.
The end result was Klosterman squeezing himself into some sort of mold of what a novel should look, feel and sound like. Sorry this cover letter ended up being so long.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And the visible man who seems invisible but isn’t, really, long story sounds like an angry, crazier Klosterman.
And all at the same time. Facebook, competitiveness disorders, drugs, body issues. The relationship between therapist and patient intensifies, leading to vsible. Keeping this in mind, it is to me impressive that Klosterman still manages to create characters I believe, whose own diatribes seem like their own, rather than some new funnel through which he gets to share his various worldviews.