In today’s New York Post, Michael Kane writes about a religious movement even stranger than Scientology: The Cult of The Klosterman.
Like this summer’s other much covered alternative religion, The Cult of The Klosterman has a writer and self-styled expert on everything at its core: SPIN editor and Esquire columnist Chuck Klosterman, whose new book, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story was released in late June.
Kane scans a reading Klosterman gave at a Barnes & Noble and identifies his people:
Like L. Ron Hubbard, this godhead has vocal detractors as well: In 2003, The New York Press‘ Mark Ames called Klosterman the a “metaphor for everything vile in [his] generation.”
A close reading of Kane’s Post article reveals that Klosterman is clearly a metaphor for everything nerdy in his generation. A tally of vocabulary used in the thousand-or-so word article:
Nerd or its variants (e.g. ‘nerdy’) : 7
Geek or its variants (e.g. ‘geeky’): 4
Dweeb or its variants (e.g. ‘dweebiac’) : 2
Glasses, as in “Buddy Holly glasses”: 3