Chuck Klosterman is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, most commonly known for his collection of essays, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto. More recently, his work has been featured on Grantland after ESPN's Bill Simmons brought him in on the website's ground floor.
Today, Klosterman's latest offering hits the shelves (and Internet libraries) of bookstores everywhere. It's called I Wear the Black Hat and it focuses on villains and perceived villainy. Bill Clinton. Don Henley. Batman. Klosterman covers all of the cultural bases.
In Grantland's exclusive excerpt from I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman compares and contrasts O.J. Simpson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who probably have more in common than you immediately recall). He focuses on Simpson's book If I Did It and calls back Pearl Jam's song "Sweet Lew" and Abdul-Jabbar's role in Airplane! It's more than worthy of 10 minutes of your time. [Grantland]
I had to take a lot of psychological tests. These tests asked certain questions. One of the questions was, "When you walk into a room, do you think everybody's looking at you?" Yes! "When you walk into a room, do you feel people are talking about you?" Yeah, I do. Now, if a normal person says "yes" to those questions, they have some kind of complex. They have some kind of problem. But (for me), it's true. I know when I walk into a room, people are looking at me. I know when I walk into a restaurant, people are talking about me.