By Clark Collis
Updated October 16, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Eating the Dinosaur

In cultural commentator Chuck Klosterman’s previous books of essays, such as 2003’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, he leavened his abstract musings on entertainment with real reportage. Not this time — Klosterman comes off practically as a shut-in (albeit one with a top-notch DVD collection). Maybe, like essay subject Ted Kaczynski, he just prefers his own company these days. But despite his being stuck a bit too much in his own head, Klosterman’s essays in Eating the Dinosaur are still both witty and clever, not least the chapter he devotes to exploring the lack of irony that bonds three otherwise very different cultural figures: Ralph Nader, Werner Herzog, and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. B+

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Eating the Dinosaur