Author Chuck Klosterman On Tearing Down Writing Barriers

Writer Chuck Klosterman poses at his home Tuesday July 11, 2006 in New York. Klosterman has emerged as the unlikely pop critic of a generation. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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For 20 years, Chuck Klosterman has written about sports, rock-and-roll, ethics, movies, TV — pretty much everything we consider popular culture, or for that matter, culture.

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His work has appeared in the The New York Times, Spin, GQ, Esquire, Grantland and other publications. His 10th book, “X,” (pronounced “10”) is out now and features a wide range of his published work from the past decade.

Klosterman appears Monday, May 22 at the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library. The reading begins at 7:15 p.m. 

Klosterman describes the cultural landscape of the mid-1990s, as he was graduating from college, as being divided. 

“At least within the institution of newspapers and of magazines, there was a real chasm between writing about sports, writing about popular culture, and writing about news,” he told “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, “There could be some interplay, but particularly writing about rock music and writing about pro basketball and pro football, were seen as completely unconnected things.”

“That barrier ended in the ’90s,” Klosterman said, “and I think the biggest reason why probably was the ascension of hip-hop culture. Because rappers were so often either associated with or just literally friends with athletes, that that started to spill over.”