In vein of these type of books I recommend Sex, Drug and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. One of the best popular culture essayist around. His humorous yet insightful observations cerainly will make you look at your friends and peers in different light.
I've read most of Klosterman's stuff. I always feel like his essays are a little hit or miss. I remember reading something of his and thinking it was brilliant, and then a chapter later wondering why the hell I was reading it. I really love the ride along he did with the Guns n Roses cover band, and the whole cover band culture.
He's also spectacular in long form interviews. I love when he's on Bill Simmons' podcasts. He never seems like an expert on stuff, but he has just enough base knowledge on such a wide array of topics that he can seemingly make these weird connections from almost any topic to almost any other.
I just read all of The Lovely Bones in one day. Great book. It drags on a little but in a good way. It explains what happens to the characters.
I felt like the first 270 or so pages were the main story and the last 100 were explaining what happens after the main story. Which I like because I hate reading a book and having questions as to what happens next to the characters. Its a good book.
I would never have found this completely hilarious until I graduated college and realized what I called a "grind" during my four years of school is dramatically different than the real world "grind."
yeah, i feel you, but the college grind really did hurt my ability to appreciate reading material of my own choosing, since the work part of college is essentially all reading, with the occasional shake-up of writing.
and i'm reading national geographic's october 1986 "soviets in space" issue. amazing how much of their resources the soviet union devoted to space exploration compared to their relative lack of resources to the united states.
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