It is the goal of The Jejune Bulletin to maintain a wide variety of reviews in the Review Warehouse. The last review was of a piece of string. Today The Jejune Bulletin will be bringing you the first of what I hope to be many book reviews. Choosing the book for The Jejune Bulletin’s inaugural book review was a task that I didn’t take lightly. I looked at books that I already own, books that belong to friends, I went to yard sales, and I even went to the library. After much deliberation, I finally settled on Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (Now With a New Middle) by Chuck Klosterman.
As I am writing this review, I am also watching the Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow. It looks interesting, but I don’t think it will be too distracting. I suppose we’ll see.
The book in front of me is 5.5” wide, 8.5” long, and .5” deep. There are 253 numbered pages and a handful of pages that aren’t numbered. The first three pages are quotes about the book from people whose opinions other people probably care about. The next page has some sort of logo on it. It looks like a flame of some sort. Then there’s the 2-3 pages of lawyer talk that only people who need to write a bibliography care about. Then there’s the forward and a table of contents and then a few more pages of whatever. Then the book finally starts. There are eighteen chapters. There is an acknowledgement section in the back of the book. Followed by and index. Lastly, there is an advertisement for another Chuck Klosterman book.
Tom Cruise looks confused and it appears he is about to be forced onto an airplane of some sort. That doesn’t really have anything to do with the paperback book in front of me. The cover of the book has a matte finish. I like the matte finish much better than the glossy finish. The book is a little worn, but not in terrible condition. I’ve had this book for a while and I’m sure I read it when I bought it. And given the fact that I still have it, I probably liked it. The pages are beginning to brown and there are some scuffs around the edges, but the book is still very readable. The text of the book is a decent size font. I don’t need my glasses to read it.
The back of the book has a picture of Mr. Klosterman and a short biography. The picture shows a beardless Mr. Klosterman, but most of the pictures you find on the internet of the author show him with a beard.
There also more quotes about the book from presumably important people on the back of the book. There’s appears to have been a significant amount of work put into making this book appear favorable to people who have doubts. Tom Cruise is now being dropped out of the airplane again. I paid $14.00 for this book, but I imagine you can find it for less online.
Overall I’d give this book a 7/10 stars. It’s a sturdy paperback book that is probably worth reading. There seems to be 23 quotes about the book on the actual book, so it HAS to be good.
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Arrived here from CK Twitter account. Very literal analysis. Any thoughts on the content of the book that you want to share? Particular chapters or passages that you enjoyed?
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Well, Jeff, there are a lot of words in it. Some of it is profanity, but not too much. There are also footnotes. Footnotes are pretty cool, but they’re also a little distracting. I haven’t read the book since I bought it, but I DID keep the book. That makes me think there were passages that I enjoyed. Thanks for asking.
How tall is the book (standing vertically with the spine facing outward)? When I place books on my bookshelf, I arrange them in descending order from left to right. So I’d like to know exactly where this book would fall in my collection should I choose to purchase and display it.
A million thanks, all in advance.
Biff, it’s a little under 8.5″. Glad I could help.
Do you ever count your blessings that you live (I assume) in the United States of America, one of the finest countries in North America? If you lived in Canada, you would still live in one of North America’s finest nations, but this book would have cost you $19, rather than $14, and might have slightly downgraded your overall opinion of this book. Something to think about.
I think about this every time I go into a bookstore. I don’t know how the price difference would have affected my opinion. It was my opinion that the book was worth $14. I can’t really say if the book is worth $19 without reading it again, and I’m not going to take the time to do that right now.
Are the margins of equal spacing on all 4 sides of the text?
No they are not. The top and sides are .75″ and the bottom is .875″. I only measured page 167, but I’m sure the margins are the same throughout the book.