Charles John Klosterman (;
born 1972) is an American author and essayist whose work focuses on
 American popular culture. He has been a columnist for
Esquire ESPN.com and wrote "The Ethicist" column for
. Klosterman is the author of twelve books, including two novels and the essay collection The New York Times Magazine
. He was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for music criticism in 2002. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Klosterman was born in
Breckenridge, Minnesota, the youngest of seven children of Florence and William Klosterman.
He is of German and Polish descent. 
He grew up on a farm in nearby
 Wyndmere, North Dakota,
and was raised Roman Catholic. He graduated from Wyndmere High School in 1990 and from the
 University of North Dakota in 1994.
After college, Klosterman was a journalist in
Fargo, North Dakota, and later a reporter and arts critic for the
Akron Beacon Journal Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in 2002.
From 2002 to 2006, Klosterman was a senior writer and columnist for 
. He has written for Spin
, The New York Times Magazine
, The Believer
, and The Guardian
. The Washington Post
His magazine work has been anthologized in
 Da Capo Press's Best Music Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
Though initially recognized for his rock writing, Klosterman has written extensively about sports and began contributing articles to
ESPN's Page 2 on November 8, 2005.
In 2008, Klosterman spent the summer as the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the
Leipzig University's Institute for American Studies in Germany.
Klosterman was an original member of
Grantland, a now-defunct sports and pop culture web site owned by ESPN and founded by
Bill Simmons. Klosterman was a consulting editor.
In 2020, he co-hosted a podcast titled "Music Exists" with Chris Ryan as part of
 The Ringer podcast network.
He also appeared in three episodes of the
Adult Swim web feature
, discussing the year's football games as an animated version of himself and trying (unsuccessfully) to plug his book as Carl cuts him off each time. He quickly vanished after, with Carl giving the explanation of "He had to go do a book tour and also he didn't like how I kept calling him 'pencilneck'".
Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week
In 2012, Klosterman appeared in the documentary
about musical group
Shut Up and Play the Hits LCD Soundsystem; Klosterman's extended interview with the group's frontman
James Murphy is woven throughout the film.
In 2015, Klosterman appeared on episodes 6 and 7 of the first season of
as a music critic for the fictional band "The Blue Jean Committee".
His eighth book, titled
was published in 2013. It focuses on the paradox of villainy within a heavily mediated culture. His best-selling ninth book, I Wear the Black Hat,
, was published June 7, 2016. It visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear in the future to those who will perceive it as the distant past. But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
In 2021, Klosterman appeared on the podcast
, backed by an original Storybound remix with
Storybound Portico Quartet.
In 2009, Klosterman married journalist Melissa Maerz. They have two children.
Klosterman is the author of 12 books and two sets of cards.
(2003), a best-selling collection of original pop culture essays Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
(2006), a collection of articles, previously published columns, and a semi-autobiographical novella Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
(2009), an original collection of essays on media, technology, celebrity, and perception Eating the Dinosaur
(2017), a collection of previously published essays and features Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century
HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations (2010), a set of 50 cards featuring hypothetical questions
 SUPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Strange Conversations (2020), another set of 50 cards featuring hypothetical questions
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