Pop culture alert: Klosterman coming to Iowa City

Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman, best-selling author of Fargo Rock City and Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, will read from his new novel, The Visible Man, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

The reading, cosponsored by the Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights Books, is free and open to the public.

The Visible Man touches on all of Klosterman’s favorite themes: interaction with pop culture, influence of media, and issues of voyeurism, normalcy, and reality.

The basic plot line: Therapist Victoria Vick has been contacted by a man who believes his situation is unique. But as he reveals himself to her slowly and cryptically, she becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions. Y_, as she refers to him, is a scientist who has been using cloaking technology from an aborted government project to render himself nearly invisible. He uses this ability to sit and observe individuals in their daily lives, usually while they are otherwise alone. Unsure of exactly what, or how much, to believe, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and his disclosure of increasingly bizarre and disturbing tales. Ultimately, Vick’s interactions with Y_ threaten her career, her marriage, and her well-being.

Klosterman has written for GQ, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Spin, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Believer, A.V. Club, and ESPN, and he now writes about sports and pop culture regularly for Grantland.com. Learn more about Klosterman at pages.simonandschuster.com/chuckklosterman.

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