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Raised in Captivity Fictional Nonfiction

Pop band wrestles with its new found fame when its song Blizzard of Summer becomes an anthem for white supremacists A couple considers getting a medical procedure that will transfer the pain of childbirth from the woman to her husband A woman interviews a hit man about killing her husband but is shocked by the method he proposes A man is recruited to join a secret government research team investigating why coin flips are no longer exactly 5050 A man sees a whale struck by lightning and knows that everything about his life has to change A lawyer grapples with the unintended side effects of a veterinarian's rabies vaccinationFair warning Raised in Captivity do I began Raised in Captivity wondering why Chuck Klosterman wrote a short story collection and found myself wondering why short fiction exists at all After all who really reads short stories any So I came up with some pretentious theories about why people still write short fiction putting aside the obvious answer that sometimes people just want to write short storiesHere they are First writers use short stories as training to become novelists In short fiction writers practice paragraphing character development plotting etc without investing very much time I imagine that novels are lucrative relative to short fiction but they take time and are a bigger risk to a developing writer Second established authors publish short stories when they have a backlog of ideas that can t be developed into novels Due to their established audience they can still turn those stories into a marketable product Third short fiction is a vehicle for expressing emotions and ideas in a way that s less time consuming than novels but not uite as free demanding as poetry Fourth short fiction works well for clever thought experiments not so different from Ted Chiang s stories Because Ted Chiang s stories are pretty cool people want to emulate him and we ll soon see many writers of non fiction trying their hand at short storiesWhich of these theories explains Klosterman s Raised in Captivity Maybe it s worth summarizing the premise of the opening story The hero finds a puma a mountain lion in the first class washroom The story is a vehicle for speculating about how a puma came to be on an airplane No ultimate explanation is given because the story is prefers speculation to explanationThe first theory training doesn t apply Klosterman has already written two novels Downtown Owl and Visible Man The established author with an unusable backlog theory applies These stories feel like they ve been practiced at dinner parties and they remember the puma wouldn t work as novels or even as essays The third theory that short fiction is a vehicle for expressing emotions applies Several of the stories are about longterm relationships and existential crises I especially enjoyed one line about a woman who although she claims to wish her husband shared his feelings realizes that she finds her husband annoying when he shares his feelings Unlike the puma stories which reveal wit these existential stories capture the enduring disillusion felt by Gen Xers insane appears a few times to describe ordinary but somewhat confounding events As for theory No 4 although I don t know that Klosterman wants to be like Ted Chiang he does enjoy thought experiments The fictional non fiction collated here recalls the thought experiments Klosterman includes in many of his essays but they are presented without argumentative structuresMaybe there is another option expectations of the form offer a shield unavailable to essayists Although I m not sure how I d prove this I suspect there s less expectation of writers to explain the urge to write fiction Essays and argument however almost always invite interrogation into motive A few stories here tentatively tease progressives but I doubt Klosterman wants his thoughts on the culture wars to go viral or that he wants people to begin deconstructing any stance he has about progressives If he were to write an essay rather than a short story he d have to put cards on the table and money in the pot The form offers a sort of distance eg I just thought that line would be funny or plausible deniability eg the character thinks progressives can be pretentious not me that must be attractive Also aren t essays about midlife crises a sort of cliche naval gazing I wonder if those feelings seem less indulgent if they re dressed up as short storiesRegardless Raised in Captivity is nearly as fun as Klosterman s essays these stories are very short and it s not every day one finds a good excuse to read short fiction in 2019 Recommended

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Microdoses of the straight dope stories so true they had to be wrapped in fiction for our own protection from the best selling author of But What if We're WrongA man flying first class discovers a puma in the lavatory A new coach of a small town Oklahoma high school football team installs an offense comprised of only one very special play A man explains to the police why he told the employee of his local bodega that his colleague looked like the lead singer of Depeche Mode a statement that may or may not have led in some way to a violent crime A college professor discusses with his friend his difficulties with the new generation of students An obscure power 25 starsWeird Some good weird some just weird weird My biggest issue was most of them just felt underdeveloped I imagine he had a bunch of shower thoughts and went Those would make great stories Maybe he drafted a few of them then polished them off later Then that was it I wanted them to go further to say something instead the stories felt like someone telling you a facsimile of their iPhone notes in fictional form and ending with What d ya think about that huh

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Es not slot into a smooth preexisting groove If Saul Steinberg and Italo Calvino had adopted a child from a Romanian orphanage and raised him on Gary Larsen and Thomas Bernhard he would still be nothing like Chuck Klosterman They might be good company though Funny wise and weird in eual measure Raised in Captivity bids fair to be one of the most original and exciting story collections in recent memory a fever graph of our deepest unvoiced hopes fears and preoccupations Ceaselessly inventive hostile to corniness in all its forms and mean only to the things that really deserve it it marks a cosmic leap forward for one of our most consistently interesting write Brilliantly effortless if you love Chuck Klosterman and you should you ll love this too Fresh smart and subjective as the author himself I could easily imagine each story continuing growing and developing as he naturally does but I was eually content as well which felt even better when reflecting on each story These rich thoughtful and immersive pieces are for fans of his early work as well as new fans of intelligently witty writing Galley borrowed from the publisher


About the Author: Chuck Klosterman

Charles John Chuck Klosterman is an American pop culture journalist critic humorist and essayist He was raised on a farm near Wyndmere North Dakota and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1994 After college he was a journalist in Fargo North Dakota and later an arts critic for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron Ohio before moving to New York City in 2002



10 thoughts on “Raised in Captivity Fictional Nonfiction

  1. says:

    Chuck Klosterman is back and he’s Klosterman y than ever in his first collection of short stories Raised in Captivity I’m a big fan of Chuck’s but this book was just fine There was one really good story called Of Course It Is about a man who’s self aware enough to know he’s in a dream or a character in a story

  2. says:

    25 starsWeird Some good weird some just weird weird My biggest issue was most of them just felt underdeveloped I imagine he had a bunch of shower thoughts and went Those would make great stories Maybe he drafted a few of them then 'polished' them off later Then that was it I wanted them to go further to say so

  3. says:

    In his first collection of short stories Klosterman takes the genre by its word and offers us 34 really short texts most of them buil

  4. says:

    If you've ever wondered what Chuck Klosterman thinks about social media gender politics or or any other hot button topic he's been cleverly avoiding for all these years it's all in this bad boyThe short stories of

  5. says:

    I love Chuck Klosterman His essays about music and pop culture primarily but I also enjoyed his first two novels This is his first book that I didn't care for It's advertised as fictional nonfiction which means it's a collection of

  6. says:

    I began Raised in Captivity wondering why Chuck Klosterman wrote a short story collection and found myself wondering why short fiction exists at all After all who really reads short stories any So I came up with some pretentious theories about why people still write short fiction putting aside the obvious answer that sometimes people just want to write short storiesHere they are First writers use short stories as trai

  7. says:

    After much thought I feel comfortable in declaring that Klosterman is the author I most enjoy reading He’s not my favorite writer nor is he the best I routinely readThis will probably change but it will also change back the next time Chuck releases a bookI own all of his books and have never reread one of them I am never tempted to do so I feel they are perfectly consumed with one through and thoughtful read

  8. says:

    One of my favorite things about Chuck Klosterman is that when he has a new book come out he usually appears on a handful of podcasts Here's a uick back and forth paraphrased from one of those interviewsChuck I was trying to write a set of stories that were exactly 1000 words apieceInterviewer That sounds like a very Chuck Klosterman thing to doChuck Well I am Chuck KlostermanThis book seems like a departure but it's not Imagine th

  9. says:

    Brilliantly effortless; if you love Chuck Klosterman and you should you'll love this too Fresh smart and subjective as the author himself I could easily imagine each story continuing growing and developing as he naturally does but I

  10. says:

    If you like stories that are uirky and odd but strangely relatable nonetheless you will find everything you’re looking for If you’re a Klosterman fan this is peak Klosterman you will find everything you’re looking for The stories make you laugh out loud and also think but without all that postmodernism or some other MFA nonsense that you often have to wade through in a lot of short story collectionsFull d

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