I Wear the Black Hat

I Wear the Black Hat

Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

By Chuck Klosterman

Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781439184493, 214pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2013

Description
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.
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.


About the Author
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.


NPR
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013

From Darth Vader's grown-up fan base to why people like mysterious vigilantes, Klosterman's I Wear The Black Hat is a meditation on villainy, both real and imagined. More at NPR.org

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