Nirvana – Philip K. Dick and Billy Joel.
The new book by author Chuck Klosterman is a blast – but the thrill it provides comes alongside a weird kind of insecurity.
The title after all is ‘But What If We’re Wrong?’ and its premise is that in future generations our certainties about science – about the best movies – about the writers we think matter – just about all of our judgments – might be considered nonsense.Whether it’s gravity – which people as smart as Aristotle were completely wrong about or ‘Moby Dick’ a novel largely ignored in its own time – we’ve been wrong before.So what’s next?What aspects of our own lives will end up being poorly judged or simply erroneous a century or two from now.To try to puzzle it out Klosterman interviewed a varied crew including scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson – New Yorker journalist Kathryn Schulz – novelist Junot Diaz and filmmaker Richard Linklater.
This book is so intriguing I am willing to forgive Klosterman his previous advocacy of Billy Joel.
We spoke to the New York-based Klosterman from Washington which he was visiting for an appearance at the bookstore Politics & Prose.