I Wear the Black Hat HC
Published by Scribner
214p, b&w, hardcover, 6"x8.75"
"Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he related to
the cultural figures who represented goodness - but as an adult, he found
himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because
he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were
doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better). They wanted to be
evil. And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? When we classify
someone as a bad person, what are we really saying (and why are we so
obsessed with saying it)? How does the culture of deliberate
In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the modern understanding of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don’t we see Bernhard Goetz the same way we see Batman? Who is more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O. J. Simpson’s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still haunted by some kid he knew for one week in 1985?
Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and imaginative hypotheticals, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the antihero (seemingly the only kind of hero America still creates). I Wear the Black Hat is a rare example of serious criticism that’s instantly accessible and really, really funny. Klosterman continues to be the only writer doing whatever it is he’s doing."