Neil Postman, once argued–in the title of one of his books–that we are "amusing ourselves to death." But Mr. Klosterman's relentlessly thoughtful prose makes a case that our arts and entertainment are more suffused with meaning than ever before. Even as he's fretting over the direction of the culture, his writing stands as an eloquent defense of it.
This would put Klosterman in a league with Greil Marcus and other writers who are prepared to take popular culture seriously, to exercise a brute (not a fashionable) curiosity in its pursuit, and find enthusiasms there even when the intellectual's code discourages such a thing.
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