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Read Downtown Owl

It’s not often that I talk about books on this blog (which is actually kind of weird because I make a living talking about books) but after reading some short reviews my dear friend Emily recently wrote, I thought that maybe I should start.

I just recently read Downtown Owl, Chuck Klosterman‘s first work of “non-autobiographical fiction” (his words not mine). I would however argue that after reading his non-fiction, especially his work in which he mentions his North Dakotan upbringing, that Downtown Owl contains a great deal of semi-biographical content, if not just Klosterman’s understanding of how small communities function.

Like Klosterman’s other books (see Killing Yourself To Live; Fargo Rock City; Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs; and Chuck Klosterman IV) Downtown Owl also contains a great deal of pop cultural references, and rock music references, after all besides his books Klosterman is most famous for his journalistic work for Spin Magazine. However if you are just looking for a book about pop culture and music, you have come to the wrong place. Downtown Owl is the story of a small North Dakotan town called Owl, that’s seems stuck in its own bubble of a world, not concerned with the global issues which concern people from major cities. Instead the residents of Owl spend their time concerned with the lives of the other Owlians (Owlites? He never actually says what people from Owl would be called, but I’m speculating).

Could Cubby Candy kick Grendel’s Ass? Has John Laidlaw impregnated another teenage girl? Can this years highschool quarter back live up to the Druid brothers legacy? These are the questions the people of Owl concern themselves with.

Although I think I prefer Klosterman’s non-fiction, Downtown Owl is an excellent book, and I look forward to reading more of what Klosterman has in the works.

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