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I Wear the Black Hat

Grappling With Villians (real And Imagined)

By Chuck Klosterman, 1972-

Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he related to the cultural figures who represented goodness—but as an adult, he found himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better). They wanted to be evil. And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying (and why are we so obsessed with saying it)? How does the culture of deliberate malevolence operate?

In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the modern understanding of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz the same way we see Batman? Who is more worthy of our vitriol—Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O. J. Simpson’s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still haunted by some kid he knew for one week in 1985?

Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and imaginative hypotheticals, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the antihero (seemingly the only kind of hero America still creates). I Wear the Black Hat is a rare example of serious criticism that’s instantly accessible and really, really funny. Klosterman continues to be the only writer doing whatever it is he’s doing.

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2013

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9781439184493


Format: Book
Author: Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-
Summary: The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.
Title: I wear the black hat : grappling with villians (real and imagined) / Chuck Klosterman.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Subject: Villains in mass media. Villains in popular culture.
Isbn: 9781439184493 (hbk.) 1439184496 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 306.4 Klo
Oclc: 829999578
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Bib Id: 441924

Format: Book
Author: Klosterman, Chuck, 1972-
Summary: The cultural critic questions how modern people understand the concept of villainy, describing how his youthful idealism gave way to an adult sympathy with notorious cultural figures to offer insight into the appeal of anti-heroes.
Title: I wear the black hat : grappling with villians (real and imagined) / Chuck Klosterman.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Description: vii, 214 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Villains in mass media.
Subjects: Villains in popular culture.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: What you say about his company is what you say about society -- Another thing that interests me about the Eagles is that I [am contractually obligated to] hate them -- Villians who are not villians -- Easier than typing -- Human clay -- Without a gun they can't get none -- Arrested for smoking -- Electric funeral -- "I am perplexed" [this is why, this is why, this is why they hate you] -- Crime and punishment (or lack thereof) -- Hitler is in the book -- The problem of overrated ideas.
LCCN: 2013003049
ISBN: 9781439184493 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1439184496 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 306.4 Klo