Sunday, October 7, 2012

Downtown Owl

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
First published in 2008
This edition published by Scribner in 2009
273 pages

"Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over but punk never happened. The don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect. 

Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing. It's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problen. And the problem is this: What does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matter more is how you ask the question." 

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