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 and ESPN.com and wrote "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman is the author of eleven books, including two novels and the essay collection Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. He was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for music criticism in 2002.
|Born||Charles John Klosterman|
Breckenridge, Minnesota, U.S.
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 in Akron, Ohio, before moving to New York City in 2002. From 2002 to 2006, Klosterman was a senior writer and columnist for Spin. He has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian, and 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.
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 Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week, 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'".
In 2012, Klosterman appeared in the documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits about musical group LCD Soundsystem; Klosterman's extended interview with the group's frontman James Murphy is woven throughout the film.
His eighth book, titled I Wear the Black Hat, was published in 2013. It focuses on the paradox of villainy within a heavily mediated culture. His best-selling ninth book, But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, 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.
Klosterman is the author of eleven books and a set of cards.
- Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural Nörth Daköta (2001), a humorous memoir/history on the phenomenon of glam metal
- Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005), a road narrative focused on the relationship between rock music, mortality, and romantic love
- HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations (2010), a set of 50 cards featuring hypothetical questions
- I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) (2013)
- But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past (2016)
- SUPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Strange Conversations (2020), another set of 50 cards featuring hypothetical questions
- Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003), a best-selling collection of original pop culture essays
- Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006), a collection of articles, previously published columns, and a semi-autobiographical novella
- Eating the Dinosaur (2009), an original collection of essays on media, technology, celebrity, and perception
- Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century (2017), a collection of previously published essays and features
- Downtown Owl: A Novel (2008), a novel describing life in the fictional town of Owl, North Dakota
- The Visible Man: A Novel (2011), a novel about a man who uses invisibility to observe others
- Raised in Captivity (2019), a collection of 34 essayistic short stories, described as "fictional nonfiction" 
In 2009, Klosterman married journalist Melissa Maerz. They have two children.
- Knudson, Pamela (August 10, 2018). "N.D. native, author Chuck Klosterman forges career — his way". Jamestown Sun. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
- "Tony DuShane | Chuck Klosterman – An Awesomely Long Interview". The Nervous Breakdown. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Klosterman, Chuck (April 27, 2003). "Everyone Knows This Is Somewhere". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- "Rubber City Meets the Crossroad | The Village Voice". www.villagevoice.com. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
- "Chuck Klosterman". Gawker. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
- Klosterman, Chuck (November 8, 2005). "Just keep my sports the same". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
- "New Picador Professor Chuck Klosterman | American Studies Leipzig". americanstudies.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
- "All-Star Roster of Writers and Editors to Join New ESPN Web Site". Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
- Jones, Nate Chuck Klosterman Is Writing a Book About the Possibility of Us Being Wrong About, Well, Everything Vulture. January 20, 2016
- "Announcing Season 4 of the Storybound Podcast". Retrieved June 10, 2021.
- "HYPERtheticals by Chuck Klosterman". Random House. June 15, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
- "I Wear the Black Hat | Book by Chuck Klosterman – Simon & Schuster". Books.simonandschuster.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Holt, Jim (June 29, 2016). "The Good, the True, the Beautiful and Chuck Klosterman". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 2, 2016.
- "SUPERtheticals by Chuck Klosterman". Random House. October 13, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- "34 Ways To Beat The System In 'Raised In Captivity'". NPR.org. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
- Dresser, Ashley (September 30, 2009). "Klosterman and Maerz: two hipsters say "I do"". mndaily.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
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