arts & pop culture | January 19, 2016

First Look: Chuck Klosterman’s New Book, But What If We’re Wrong?

Exciting news! The New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman has a new book on the way—and it’s slated for publication in June. But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past—and its topsy-turvy cover design—were unveiled yesterday by Vulture. This sharp-looking new release is being described as a study of which “ideas that we take for granted today will be disproven in the years ahead,” and “an attempt to imagine what the textbooks of 100, 300, or even 1,000 years from now will say about American culture at the start of the 21st century.”

Klosterman brings a combination of infectious curiosity, uncommon wisdom, and insightful accessibility to all his works—including his riveting keynotes. Whether writing on music, sports, celebrity, social media, literature, television, or any other facet of pop culture (see his recent profiles of Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow, just for starters), he finds the living pulse of our media-obsessed moment. This new book, combining both heady speculations and broad-based appeal, seems to offer more of what makes Klosterman one of our most tuned-in cultural critics. 

According to Vulture, But What If We’re Wrong? promises a tour of our current philosophical milieu: how we interpret science, reason, dreams, literary culture, sports, politics—even the very basis of thought itself. All in all, it’s both an earnest attempt to speculate on what, and how, our culture might transform over time, and a rational inoculation against the dangers of assumption: the uncritical presumption that what we believe today will endure forever. “We live in a period of extremely high certitude about what we believe, and we're completely obsessed with the present tense, as if the present will always be this way,” he tells Vulture. Of course, history will probably prove otherwise: and though disabusing ourselves of assumptions may mean embracing some uncomfortable changes, Klosterman’s wit, humor, and captivating style will no doubt make reading about it a genuine pleasure.

Chuck Klosterman is of the most singular and exciting cultural critics of our generation. For more information on booking Klosterman for your next keynote event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.