Quotations by Chuck Klosterman

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Born: Wednesday, July 5, 1972
Profession: Critic
Nationality: American


A lot of people have this strategy where if they have a hard question they wait to ask it to the end of the interview because they think the person is going to walk out. But what they have to realize is, is that if the person walks out, they have a pretty successful story.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Strategy, Successful, End, Pretty, Question)

A whole bunch of months passed and I didn't hear anything and then he emailed and asked if I could do a little piece on POD and Queens of the Stone Age.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Age, Months)

Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.
- Chuck Klosterman

Anyone who claims to be good at lying is obviously bad at lying. Thus - as a writer myself - I cannot comment on whether or not writers are exceptionally good liars, because whatever I said would actually mean its complete opposite.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Lying, Writer, Writers)

At a magazine, everything you do is edited by a bunch of people, by committee, and a lot of them are, were, or think of themselves as writers. Part of that is because magazines worry about their voice.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Committee, Voice, Worry, Writers)

Book writing is a little different because, in my case, my editor is a year younger than me and basically has the same sensibility as me.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Sensibility, Writing)

Even though I wanted to experience all these things I was interested in, I couldn't get them. So I had to think critically and culturally about what was available.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Experience)

I also did an Ozzy piece for him, and so I got hired. Everything happened really fast. I can't give people advice, because everything in my life changed completely in less than a year and it's still not something I am used to.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Life, People, Advice)

I feel sorry for people who have to edit me. Which is why book writing is by far the most enjoyable. Really the only thing it's based on is whether it's good or not. No book editor, in my experience, is getting a manuscript and try to rewrite it.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Experience, People, Writing)

I grew up on a farm, and we didn't have cable and only limited radio stations, so I wasn't inundated with culture the way people in other parts of the country were. But I was really interested in it.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Country, Culture)

I keep saying the word "weird" over and over again, but it's the only way I can describe it.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Saying, Word)

I was fortunate that I was at newspapers for eight years, where I wrote at least five or six stories every week. You get used to interviewing lots of different people about a lot of different things. And they aren't things you know about until you do the story.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Newspapers, Years)

I've been asked about this constantly, and I compare it to how if you're walking down the street and some schizo guy comes up to you and vomits on you: You wouldn't be hurt by that, you'd just think it's weird.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Hurt, Walking)

If you're doing an interview, you need conversational tension. After you talk to them, you're not going to have a relationship with them, they're not going to like you, they're not going to be your friend.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Friend, Talk, Tension)

In Fargo, they say, well, that's a job. How well do you get paid? For example, for this book I was written about in Entertainment Weekly, and it was kind of cool because my mom asked me if Entertainment Weekly was a magazine or a newspaper.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Mom, Entertainment, Example, Job)

It didn't seem remotely possible. I had no idea how people got those jobs, I didn't know what the steps were, it never even dawned on me. It seemed so outside the realm of possibility.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Idea, Possibility, Jobs)

It's just that what's important there is different there than what's important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Work, People, Care, Media)

The biggest hurdle to writing Fargo Rock City was that I couldn't afford a home computer - I had to get a new job so I could buy a computer. It could all change though. In five years, I could be back at some daily newspaper, which wouldn't be so bad.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Change, Home, Computer, Job, Writing, Years)

The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writer's main motivation is to become friends with the band. They're not really journalists; they're people who want to be involved in rock and roll.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Motivation, People, Friends, Journalism, Want, Writer)

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in, and I'm really just writing about myself and using those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Writing)

The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I'm totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Fun, Self, Writing)

To me, every interview, even if you love the artist, needs to be somewhat adversarial. Which doesn't mean you need to attack the person, but you do need to look at it like you're trying to get information that has not been written about before.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Love, Artist, Information, Needs, Trying)

When you're writing for newspapers you have all these parameters. You can't swear, you have to use short paragraphs, all that. If you stay within those parameters, you have lots of freedom because you're writing for the next day.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Day, Freedom, Newspapers, Writing)

You're trying to find new ideas in people. I always think to myself, what question I am least comfortable asking the person? And then I make sure I ask it early in the interview.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: People, Ideas, Question, Trying)







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