May 17th - Beard Of the Day - Chuck Klosterman


Today's beard is an actual legitimately published author, as opposed to us pantsless basement bloggers with our Mountain Dews and World of Warcraft. Though to be fair, Chuck Klosterman has written entire treatises on Saved By The Bell, Star Wars, and Ralph Sampson, just to name a few, so high culture it certainly is not. If I ruled the world (and the day is coming, rest assured), Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs will be required reading for everyone. While Klosterman is prone to self-indulgence and insufferable hipsterdom in some of his writing, more often than not he's incredibly insightful about all of the things that comprise our culture. His piece in his latest book, Eating The Dinosaur, compairing Kurt Cobain and David Koresh is positively riveting reading. Additionally, his 23 questions from SD&CP are always great conversation pieces. An example -

14. For reasons that cannot be explained, cats can suddenly read at a twelfth-grade level. They can't talk and they can't write, but they can read silently and understand the text. Many cats love this new skill, because they now have something to do all day while they lay around the house; however, a few cats become depressed, because reading forces them to realize the limitations of their existence (not to mention the utter frustration of being unable to express themselves).

This being the case, do you think the average cat would enjoy Garfield, or would cats find this cartoon to be an insulting caricature?