Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Killing Yourself To Live - Chuck Klosterman

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock ‘n’ roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end — one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing…and what this means for the rest of us.
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman 
I want to read this book.
"We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It’s easy. The first girl I
ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last
girl I love will be someone I haven’t even met yet, probably. They all count. But there are certain
 people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel
 like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these
 people over the span of 80 years. But there’s still one more tier to all this; there is always one person
 you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually.
 This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other
people, even if some of these loveable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person
who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they’re often
 just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that
 person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you
 feel about everyone else."

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