Overview[ edit ] Klosterman presents his essays as if they were tracks on a CD. Between each essay, or track, is an "interlude"—a short, entertaining blurb linking the essays. The following essays are included in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: Klosterman recounts "fake love" we are conditioned to pursue, and the false, unbalanced nature of When Harry Met Sally.
Klosterman describes his experience with the reality-mimicking video game The Sims and how The Sims illustrates that "even eternally free people are enslaved by the process of living. An ode to Billy Joel , particularly the universality of his album Glass Houses. Klosterman interviews and spends a few days with the members of a Guns N' Roses tribute band, "Paradise City," and outlines the significance of tribute bands.
Ten Seconds to Love: An analysis of how American culture is upset with the unrealistic images of success it has created, as stemming from a discussion of the Pamela-Tommy sex tape. A rant against soccer particularly among youth , claiming it supports outcast culture. Klosterman explains how the s rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics symbolizes all rivalries in life, including politics, religion, and race. An explanation of how the Internet has proliferated the porn industry, as per the need of the presence of the amateur and celebrity in our lives.
The Lady or the Tiger: A brief history of the cereal industry, and how Kelloggs was begun as a religious company, but now is a microcosm for coolness. The "cocoa puffs" in the title comes from this essay. Why Star Wars is so overrated, and how it has come to represent basic morality.
A discussion of the question "What is reality? How the Dixie Chicks are the new Van Halen , as they are one of the only pop bands with musical quality, and how Van Halen's teenage boys have been replaced by the Dixie Chicks' teenage girls. Also how music taste is used to gauge coolness, and those who ignorantly say they like all kinds "except country" only say so to appear cool.
This is Zodiac Speaking: A description of three people Klosterman has interviewed who have known or met serial killers, and an exploration of "What does it mean to know a serial killer? Most of the media's bias is accidental, and stories are mainly developed by circumstance and by the interviewee who calls the journalist back first.
Also how sports reporters hate sports, and how newspapers are designed for those who cannot read. Klosterman narrates his visit to the Pop Music Studies Conference by the Experience Music Project, and how it was largely an experience without rock and roll. Reception[ edit ] Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs was positively reviewed by critics. Critic Mark Greif in The Guardian called it "one of the better essay collections of recent years," noting "Klosterman has attained cult status, his books joining the select and successful canon of reading for people who do not read.
Club declared Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs "one of the brightest pieces of pop analysis to appear this century.