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The Nineties
The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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From the New York Times bestselling author of But What if Were Wrong, a wise and funny reckoning with the decade that gave us slacker/grunge irony about the sin of trying too hard, during the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade in American history. It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, one presidential election was allegedly decided by Ross Perot while another was plausibly decided by Ralph Nader. In the beginning, almost every name and address was listed in a phone book, and everyone answered their landlines because you didnt know who it was. By the end, exposing someones address was an act of emotional violence, and nobody picked up their new cell phone if they didnt know who it was. The 90s brought about a revolution in the human condition were still groping to understand. Happily, Chuck Klosterman is more than up to the job. Beyond epiphenomena like "Cop Killer" and Titanic and Zima, there were wholesale shifts in how society was perceived: the rise of the internet, pre-9/11 politics, and the paradoxical belief that nothing was more humiliating than trying too hard. Pop culture accelerated without the aid of a machine that remembered everything, generating an odd comfort in never being certain about anything. On a 90s Thursday night, more people watched any random episode of Seinfeld than the finale of Game of Thrones. But nobody thought that was important; if you missed it, you simply missed it. It was the last era that held to the idea of a true, hegemonic mainstream before it all began to fracture, whether you found a home in it or defined yourself against it. In The Nineties, Chuck Klosterman makes a home in all of it: the film, the music, the sports, the TV, the politics, the changes regarding race and class and sexuality, the yin/yang of Oprah and Alan Greenspan. In perhaps no other book ever written would a sentence like, The video for Smells Like Teen Spirit was not more consequential than the reunification of Germany make complete sense. Chuck Klosterman has written a multi-dimensional masterpiece, a work of synthesis so smart and delightful that future historians might well refer to this entire period as Klostermanian.
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3d
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RamsFan1963
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64/150 I was 26 at the beginning of the 90s, and although I associate more with the 80s, in music especially, I felt an overwhelming sense of warm nostalgia from this book. Not all of the Nineties was great, some parts I'd forgotten were down right lousy, but overall it was nice to look back on a time I still remember fondly. 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

charl08 I really wanted one of those phones... not sure why?! 3d
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The Nineties began on January 1, 1990, except for the fact that of course they did not.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Megabooks This was a good collection. Glad you enjoyed it too! 4d
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Addison_Reads
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I graduated high school in 1999. Reading this book was like time traveling back to my youth. The nostalgia I felt while reading this may make me biased, but I thought Klosterman did an excellent job of capturing the essence of what the 90's felt like.

Side note: I made a lot of phone calls on a phone just like the one on the cover. 😁

Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to this one! I‘m a 2000 graduate, so I feel like this has to be my coming of age years in book form. 😂 1w
The_Penniless_Author I'm a 1998 graduate, so I probably have the same biases 😁 Will have to check this out. 1w
vivastory Class of '97 here. Definitely looking forward to this one! (edited) 1w
EvieBee Phone envy! I graduated class of 2002 but I was stuck in 80s culture and had the pink phone similar to this one. 😆 1w
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I loved everything about this. I was born in ‘83 so the nineties were my decade. I still love everything nineties; it‘s my favorite music, movies and TV shows. I love all of Klosterman‘s books and find them super amusing and insightful. He always writes about all things pop culture related and this did not disappoint. I mean do you all remember getting tons of AOL CDs mailed to your home? If you do, read this book! 😂

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An interesting look back at the decade that encompassed my teen years and early adulthood. Klosterman leans heavily on the idea that we can't remember things accurately because, since we know what comes next, the significance and context shift in our minds so that the known future appears inevitable in retrospect. It's likely accurate, more or less, but perhaps obvious enough that it doesn't need quite so much repeating.

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ImperfectCJ
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Listening to the tagged book while packing up high school yearbooks from the 90s feels quite apt.

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I was in my teens and 20s in the 90s, so for me this was a fun look back at the decade. I especially appreciated the inclusion of what it was like at the time vs how the same thing was perceived/remembered later. What I didn‘t like was the audiobook including Dion Graham, then criminally underutilizing him to the point I found a little insulting.

Megabooks Agree re: Graham 1mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks Good point! I found myself wishing Graham had narrated the entire book. 1mo
Hooked_on_books @britt_brooke @Megabooks Frankly, I wouldn‘t mind if he narrated every audiobook! It was so weird to me how he came across as the sidekick here. I almost feel like they hired him to do it, then Chuck threw a hissy fit, wanting to read it himself, and this was their solution. I wasn‘t happy, since I just have so much respect for the man. 1mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books It does make you wonder! 😂 And I 100% agree, Graham is absolutely one of the best. 1mo
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A blast from the past! It‘s interesting to see how so much has changed in the last few decades from politics, technology, entertainment and even how we perceive the world then and now. #booked2022 ~new in 2022

Cinfhen I requested this book months ago & My library JUST ordered this one…but I‘m still #23 on one copy 2mo
Cortg @Cinfhen Good thing for TBR lists while you wait! I feel ya though. I rarely buy new books so I feel I‘m always playing the waiting game! 2mo
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This is a wonderful account of the decades‘ influences and quite a bit about Gen-X and the world the emerged into. So many historic, pop culture, political and social references that explains those effects on us. Really fascinating and hard to put down!

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Soubhiville
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I graduated high school in ‘93, so this book was like a time machine to my teens and early 20‘s.

90‘s politics, sports (I may have skipped some of that part), music, tv, movies, and culture all get addressed. Total nostalgia but also we can see it all now from a different angle.

I don‘t know the last time I thought about Paulie Shore! Lol.

If you‘re a Gen Xer, I bet you‘ll enjoy this too!

jlhammar Yes, I had the exact same reaction to the Pauly Shore part! Too funny. I really enjoyed this one too. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m really looking forward to this one, my fellow Class of ‘93 graduate! 2mo
Leelee.reads Class of ‘93! Represent! 🙌🏽 2mo
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Rachbb3 Class of ‘93 right here! 2mo
ncsufoxes This is on my list, I graduated in ‘94. 2mo
Eyelit Finally had a library hold free up so Now I‘ve got a 9 week estimated wait 😆 2mo
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Friday I took myself to the Art Institute with my audiobook and visited some of my favorite ladies who just want to read in peace, among other things.

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I have read and enjoyed Klosterman in the past, so when I saw he was writing a book about the 90s I was thrilled. I don‘t know if it is the current climate or just me changing, but this book feels like the author is creating a series of elongated tweets, inserting as many SAT words as possible making fun of the public figures responsible for our entertainment. What I was hoping would be a fun journey back was like reading a rant on social media.

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nitalibrarian
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I'm wide awake when I should be asleep, so thought might as well catch up on Litsy. I finished this audiobook this weekend. Very much enjoyed. I graduated high school in '98 and remember lots about what he writes. He brought back so many memories. He writes about politics, current events, and pop culture from that decade without over idolizing or critizing. It was a pretty unique decade I think, or maybe because I experienced it at a young age.

Megabooks We‘re the same age, and I enjoyed the nostalgia too! 2mo
mdemanatee I‘m enjoying listening to this one right now (though admittedly reading to get a larger sense of events I only remember through a child‘s eyes) 2mo
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rachelk
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This is a great book for anyone interested in recent (mostly U.S.) history. If you remember this decade it feels incredibly nostalgic and if you don‘t, it‘s very informative. While the book is entertaining, I thought it was a bit more serious than the cover implies. #nonfiction

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Watching The Gilded Age while reading The Nineties. 🤷🏻‍♂️
#GenX #GenerationX #TheNineties #90s

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The temps warmed up enough after a week if single and negative digits to do a proper walk. I'm on chapter 6 of this audiobook now. He's talking about the rise of the internet. #audiowalk

DinoMom Beautiful puppers! 3mo
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Cortg
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This Gen X‘er enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Th Nineties covers topics in politics, sports, tv/movies, music, technology and pop culture. It was fun to look back at a time of my coming of age. I graduated high school, college and got married all in the 90‘s! It‘s amazing to think how culture and technology has evolved since then, including our perception and thinking as people.

vivastory Looking forward to reading this one. I definitely appreciate the communication & convenience of the digital age, but I admit to also missing the 90s from time to time. 3mo
OriginalCyn620 I miss the 90s! I have this one and can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
CSeydel Whoa, I had that phone when I was 16 3mo
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jlhammar Yes, totally agree! Being reminded of just how different my life was back in the 90s really hit home how much has changed in terms of culture and tech in such a short span of time. Really enjoyed this one. 3mo
RamsFan1963 This will be my next Audible pick after I finish Gangster Nation. 3mo
Cortg @RamsFan1963 I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
Cortg @jlhammar It‘s crazy when it‘s all summed up like this! 3mo
Cortg @OriginalCyn620 @vivastory I miss the 90‘s too! I do love the internet and my phone though 🙄 (edited) 3mo
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Currently reading this.

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Kimberlone
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Klosterman‘s examination of the 90s is written from a Gen X perspective, and he definitely interrogates the contradictions expressed by Gen Xers (anti-commercialism, concept of “selling out” & being “alternative” - in an era that was the last great gasp of the monoculture). In Klosterman‘s view, the 90s were the last “decade,” bookended by Nirvana‘s Nevermind and 9/11, and it‘s hard to disagree as a millennial born in 1989 and raised in the 90s.

Kimberlone I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed Klosterman‘s narration, with parentheticals and footnotes read by a second narrator. I enjoyed the focused topic of this book compared to others I have read of his that were more essay collections. Klosterman has great insights about the integral role that the telephone and, especially, television played in 90s culture, prior to the ubiquity of the internet and transition to digital life. 3mo
melissajayne I so wanted a phone like that portrayed on the cover. 3mo
Megabooks I thought the way they did the footnotes was really good, and I‘d like to see that more often in nonfiction audiobooks. 3mo
Kimberlone @Megabooks agreed! I really appreciate when attention has been paid to making the audiobook experience unique. Malcolm Gladwell does a good job with his audiobooks too. 3mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh, the 90s! Klosterman highlights major events that took place during the childhood years I remember so vividly. It was an awkward and nostalgic trek: Nirvana, Ross Perot, Branch Davidians, OJ, that Blue Dress, and much, much more. Sadly, one cannot cover this timeframe without acknowledging the tragedy at Columbine. This, of course, was also decade of the shooting at my rural Kentucky high school. Heavy is the heart.

#coverlove

ahomelibrary YES! I got a copy and can‘t wait to read this :) 3mo
britt_brooke @ahomelibrary I really enjoyed it! Hope you do, too. 3mo
Kayla.Adriena Nickelodeon and Lisa Frank 💖🍥💌 3mo
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Kayla.Adriena Also I most definitely had that phone and some inflatable furniture in my room 😆 3mo
britt_brooke @Kayla.Adriena I never had the clear phone, but always wanted one! I shared a phone with my older brother and he was not into it. 😂😩 But an emphatic “yes” to everything else you mentioned! 3mo
batsy I'm so drawn to that cover! Nails the #90sAesthetics 😆 3mo
britt_brooke @batsy It‘s so perfect! 3mo
Cinfhen Sounds great although the 90‘s was my young mom days!!! How crazzzy is that??? 3mo
vivastory Wonderful review! Thanks for the tag. I will definitely check it out, maybe with my 90s Spotify playlist on in the background🎶 3mo
britt_brooke @vivastory That‘s perfect! 🤘🏼 3mo
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(Continued)...teenager is presented in the film as uncomfortable and tragically comic. It now seems criminal, disgusting, and inelligible for use as a comedic plot point.

--More retroactive "woke" bullshit.

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Only sky pieces left. 🧩😩 #audiopuzzling

vivastory I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on this one 3mo
britt_brooke @vivastory I‘ve been really excited for this one. I love Klosterman! (edited) 3mo
Mollyanna Great puzzle. I feel your pain on only sky pieces. I just finished a puzzle that had a black background…. Ugh. 3mo
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britt_brooke @Mollyanna Oof, that sounds difficult, too! We‘re going to WDW next month so I thought this was the perfect pre-trip puzzle! I‘m determined to finish it this weekend. 3mo
Mollyanna Best of luck finishing and enjoy your trip to WDW. One of my favorite places. 3mo
britt_brooke @Mollyanna Thank you!! It‘ll be our sons‘ first time going and it‘s been decades since my husband and I have been. We‘re excited! 3mo
RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣 I had a similar situation on a puzzle a while ago... everything left was the same colour! Good luck! 😊 3mo
britt_brooke @RaeLovesToRead It‘s not fun! 😂 3mo
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Just added this to my wishlist, but it made me wonder….Are there any good non-fiction books about the 80s out there that anyone would recommend? I‘m chomping at the bit for some good nostalgia.

Patchshank Do you read a lot of horror? I think this book covers the 70's and 80's. 3mo
peaknit I had this phone! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Cortg I'm listening to this book right now. It's quite entertaining!
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keithmalek @Cortg Is this your first time reading/listening Chuck Klosterman? 3mo
Cortg Yes! Do you have any other recs by him?
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keithmalek @Cortg I haven't read all of his books yet, but I've read most of them. For nonfiction, I read and enjoyed "X" and "I Wear the Black Hat." I LOVED his short story collection "Raised in Captivity." His novels "Downtown Owl" and "The Invisible Man" are pretty good. The rest of his books I haven't read, with the exception of "Killing Yourself to Live," which I didn't enjoy. 3mo
Cortg Thanks! I‘ll have to look into more of his writing and I‘ll pass on ‘Killing Yourself to Live!‘ I realized today I keep referencing this book “so, I‘m reading this book” I think I‘ve mentioned it at least 4 times today 😂 3mo
keithmalek @Cortg I forgot to mention that he also recently created two decks of cards called Hypertheticals and Supertheticals. The cards consist of really strange, really fascinating questions that are great for conversation, or to use as a writing prompt. 3mo
Cortg Fun! I‘ll look into them 😀 3mo
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keithmalek
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I liked this, but a warning to anyone who reads it on a phone: it abruptly ends only 67% of the way through. There were a fair amount of source notes throughout it, but I wasn't expecting it to end THAT early. I hate that.

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Smart, funny and insightful cultural history. Great audiobook. Klosterman writes about the 90s not through a personal or contemporary lens, but rather how things were understood and felt as they unfolded.

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Matthew McConaughey?! That would not have worked.
"There's no more lifeboats."
-"Alright, alright alright."

Chelleo 😂 3mo
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Chilling at my parents this weekend in the good light with one of the only white men I still willingly read 🤣🤣 Been very busy at work and my reading has gone by the wayside, hoping this one pulls me up.

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I‘ve read some amazing nonfiction this year, and Klosterman‘s cultural critique of the 90s is 💯 up there near the top.

He draws seemingly disparate parts together into 12 thoughtful essays. From the politics and news to sports, TV, music, and films, he completely captures the flavor of the 90s. As a young Gen Xer, I remember the 90s, but his old Gen X perspective brought out a lot I didn‘t quite capture/understand. Highly recommend!

Megabooks @RamsFan1963 definitely worth an audible credit, imo. 3mo
jlhammar Just started this one! 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft I‘m spending an audible credit on this! Unless there are pictures? 3mo
Kimberlone Can‘t wait to read this one. Is the audio worth it to use an audible credit? Not available from my library yet… 3mo
squirrelbrain Saw a great review for this in one of last weekend‘s papers…. 3mo
Megabooks @jlhammar 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft I‘m not sure. I read the audiobook. It‘s very well done! 3mo
Megabooks @Kimberlone I read it through the library and am considering buying it anyway, so yes, worth a credit! 3mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain count me among its admirers! 3mo
Kimberlone @Megabooks awesome, thanks! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve enjoyed other books of his, so stacking! 3mo
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think you‘d like it! 3mo
Breanne1 I had that phone…does this mean I‘m old!?! 😜 Definitely picking this book up. 3mo
Megabooks @Breanne1 if you are then I am too! 😂 enjoy! 3mo
Cinfhen Hmmm, maybe 🤔 I can‘t commit to NF these days 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m craving it! 3mo
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"There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen." --Vladimir Lenin

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REALLY???? He's referring here to Tupac Shakur.

mandarchy According to Wikipedia, he did these in 10th grade. 3mo
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"It was a version of nothing so close to something it accidentally became everything." Great line!

(He's referring to Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit.")

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I listened to a podcast instead of an audiobook on our walk tonight because I pre-ordered the tagged book that comes out tomorrow and didn't want to start something else. I'm a nineties teenager and very much interested in what Klosterman is going to discuss. But I had to share our pretty orange sunset.

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! He‘s a cute doggie! 3mo
jlhammar I'm really looking forward to The Nineties. In line for it from the library so hope to have it before too long. 3mo
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Birthday done right

BkClubCare Happy Birthday 🥳 7mo
perfectsinner Happy birthday 🎂🥳 love reading in the hammock! 7mo
DaveGreen7777 Happy Birthday! 🥳🎂 7mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 7mo
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My favorite decade in essays by one of my favorite writers…pure catnip!

Ruthiella I had that phone! 😂 7mo
Hooked_on_books Oh my goodness, I think I need this! 7mo
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