Happy Birthday, Chuck Klosterman, born 5 June 1972
10 Chuck Klosterman Quotes
- Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they’re honest about everything.
- Every relationship is fundamentally a power struggle, and the individual in power is whoever likes the other person less.
- Women intrinsically understand human dynamics, and that makes them unstoppable. Unfortunately, the average man is less adroit at fostering such rivalries, which is why most men remain average; males are better at hating things that can’t hate them back (e.g., lawnmowers, cats, the Denver Broncos, et cetera). They don’t see the big picture.
- Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time.
- If you’re doing an interview, you need conversational tension. After you talk to them, you’re not going to have a relationship with them, they’re not going to like you, they’re not going to be your friend.
- Life is rarely about what happened; it’s mostly about what we think happened.
- It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good.
- Sometimes I think children are the worst people alive. And even if they’re not- even if some smiling toddler is as pure as Evian- it’s only a matter of time.
- I was fortunate that I was at newspapers for eight years, where I wrote at least five or six stories every week. You get used to interviewing lots of different people about a lot of different things. And they aren’t things you know about until you do the story.
- Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you
Klosterman is an American author and essayist who writes the column “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine. He has written eight books including two novels and the essay collection, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto.
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