Chris Speckman


Chuck Klosterman is a pop-culture savant who talks sports for Grantland and dispenses advice in his Ethicist column for The New York Times Magazine. Along the ride, he's also written for Spin, Esquire, GQ, The Believer, and The Washington Post. Klosterman is perhaps best known for his five books of non-fiction and essays -- Fargo Rock City; Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; Killing Yourself to Live; Chuck Klosterman IV; and Eating the Dinosaur -- a pair of novels, Downtown Owl and The Visible Man.

In January, Klosterman visited Butler University to read from his new collection of essays, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), for the first time. Before he stepped foot in Indy, Klosterman chatted with Booth contributing editor Chris Speckman on the phone about the falsification of memory, the beauty of Jimi Hendrix's mistakes, the similarities between The Wire and Russian literature, the idea of Dave Eggers, a legendary junior-college basketball game in North Dakota, and the dream of not hating something you've written a decade after its publication.