Chuck Klosterman is a 42 year old writer living in Brooklyn whose writing has captivated a generation with wry observations on celebrity, mass culture and sports. An author of eight books including Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman is also The Ethicist writer for the New York Times Sunday Magazine and a regular contributor to the website Grantland. The youngest of seven children, Klosterman was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota and grew up on a farm outside of Wyndmere, North Dakota, a thirty minute drive from Breckenridge. His first job as a journalist was with The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, he later moved to the Akron Beacon Journal where he was the arts critic and where he wrote his first book Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota. It was on the success of his book about pop culture and glam metal that he moved to New York and began to write for publications such as GQ, Spin, The Washington Post and Esquire. Klosterman also began contributing to ESPN.com as a blogger and now writes regularly for the sports and pop culture website Grantland. Klosterman published his first novel, Downtown Owl in 2005. His latest book, I Wear The Black Hat, a collection of essays was published in 2013.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Chuck Klosterman in New York.
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.