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Raised in Captivity Fictional NonfictionNing Raised in Captivity does 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 writers. 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 readingI know I have written this before but I don’t know if I like what he writes because we think a like or if I like what he writes because he himself has framed the way I think It’s probably a bit of both

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characters ã Raised in Captivity Fictional Nonfiction 107 ↠ [BOOKS] ✯ Raised in Captivity Fictional Nonfiction ✴ Chuck Klosterman – 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'rMicrodoses of Captivity Fictional PDFEPUB #236 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 Raised in eBook #208 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 s. 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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Tudents An obscure power pop band wrestles with its new found fame when its song Blizzard of in Captivity Fictional eBook #10003 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 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 war. 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