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Blair Reads Books #6: But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman

Omg, this series is back!  Between a nutszo summer and some technical difficulties hindering my video taping, I went on an accidental hiatus!  But I'm back!

The book I'm reviewing today is by Chuck Klosterman, who's most famous book is probably Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs.  He has an uncanny ability to marry pop culture with deep thinking and this book is no exception!  The entire premise is trying to figure out what future historians will think about our present times and how probably so much of what we value won't even be remembered in the future.  He uses great examples from history of why this could be true and plays certain odds games in trying to predict what will realistically be talked about and appreciated from the early 21st century by future generations.  Parts are so mind boggling, but that's why I loved it!

Why anyone would like this book: I found this to be the most fascinating read of 2016 so far!  It's a great book to both learn some things about history and culture that are facts, as well as become open minded to how we'll really come across to future generations without knowing if what you land on will be true or not.

How polarizing is this book? I don't think it's polarizing.  If you don't like thinking outside the box, hate feeling small in the grand scheme of things, and hate the idea that things are constantly changing...then maybe this isn't the book for you.  Otherwise there is nothing offensive about this book.

Earring: Old Navy
Necklace: Punky Pins
Dress- Folter
Belt- Target
Shoes- ModCloth

Points of interest:
  • There's almost too many to state!  Every chapter had anecdotes wrapped within anecdotes, which made it almost impossible to review/talk about on video.  But Klosterman brings up everything from how we've changed how we view the dinosaurs, how even a few generations back the social norms of today would have been unheard of, literary greats who died as unknowns, and an interesting lecture he gave with Malcom Gladwell in 2012 where Gladwell said things that baffled Klosterman then that have proven to be true in as little as 4 years.  I could go on but there's just too many fascinating points of interest!
Would I recommend this book and if so, to who? Anyone who likes to be entertained by outside the box ideas, especially in a non-pretentious way.  Honestly, I feel like everyone should read this book because it kind of promotes humbleness as the whole point is that no matter how educated we may be as a society, we really may not know much.  Can't every human learn a lesson from that?!

Things to look out for: 
  • Not much!  There was one or two points I personally disagreed with when he was talking about how the medium of TV will be remember in the future, but I also chalked that up to having it be a chapter on TV as opposed to a full book and therefore there was only enough time for the most simple of statements on it.  Other than that, nothing!  And I'm someone who has an oddly high opinions and theories on how TV shapes our culture (being sick for several years and watching a lot of TV while bored can do that do someone!) so I'm an easy audience to disappoint in that regard.
Readability:  Klosterman books for me as always a medium-fast read.  They're effectively about pop culture so it's not like reading neuroscience.  That said Klosterman has such a specific cadence and vocabulary that sometimes requires a different kind of concentration.  And he adds a lot of foot notes on each page that are worth reading, so that can add to the flow of reading not being as fast.

Did I like it?  Favorite book published in 2016!  I've read every Klosterman non-fiction book and this is officially my favorite (previous either Fargo Rock City or Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs).

Similar books I'd recommend: 

  • The Advanced Genius Theory by Jason HartmanI read this book 5 years ago and never stopped thinking about it since.  The premise (with a forward by Chuck Klosterman!) is about how huge "genius" musicians like members of The Beatles, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, etc capture a generation with hit after hit and then come later in their careers they put out weird music that the public doesn't like so it appears "they've lost it" and rarely (if ever) recover their hit making glory days.  The Advanced Genius Theory is a book on the theory that these musicians are geniuses so advanced that as they keep evolving their musicianship we as a public "can't keep up" with their genius, thus making them misunderstood as they are not actually "losing it."  It's a theory that's impossible to prove and one I frankly mostly don't agree with, but it's amazing food for thought and is great for dinner table discussion.  Plus the book was utterly fascinating and at times infuriating read (I incorrectly guessed who the most "advanced" Beatle was and I'm still mad about it!).  But What If We're Wrong? was a book unlike any I had ever read, as was Advanced Genius Theory.  They're very different, but there are similarities in which both theories are impossible to prove and they're both in a league all of their own, which is why this is the only similar book I can recommend.  
Video review for my YouTube channel:

Thanks so much for reading and/or watching!  I hope this has inspired some of you to read this book because it's truly a great read!  Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon!  


  1. Dear Lauren-Blair, so many thanks for this recommendation, I will DEFINITELY read this What if we're wrong book and I want the Advanced Genius Theory too! I think both must be great, they bot resonate with me! I am always thinking about the past - because of some of my studies - and the future - it's my nature, through my solar sign too :) and how it will be regarded. So I NEED this book now and will buy as a Christmas present too - for others. I am a huge Beatles-fan (even won a contest once, base on knowdlege, not random number picking :) yay! and I want to have a guess as well :) I know what you mean - this book won't be for people who don't want to think "less of themselves" and I do know some like that :) But each at their own taste, I will hit amazon now :) Thanks a lot - and I loved your dress, of course! So excited about the books that I nearly forgot it! Hugs!

  2. I love your dress, it's wonderful and I would love to read the book so much.
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  3. Cute look!! And the book seems really interesting. I need to check it out soon!
    Adi xx

  4. Ooooo this book sounds so fascinating and important to have an open mind when you read, that is so true though we don't know, oh gosh I feel like I would question everything with a book like this!

  5. Welcome back! and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this book!

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  6. Sounds like a good read. Loving this black and white dress on you with the v-neck and belt detail.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. You look fabulous and the book sounds interesting! As an avid reader myself I will definitely check it out!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  8. This book sounds so interesting and unique! Putting on my reading list for sure! Also, loving your hair here!

    Chow Down USA

  9. I like your wedges! Cute look! I have not heard of this book! Looks like a fun read!

  10. You are gorgeous, Lauren! The dress, your hair, the shoes - stunning!! And I love this series! It is always a great reminder that I need to stop being such a lazy reader - there are so many amazing books out there. (I've been rereading favorite books lately instead of picking up new ones). But What If We're Wrong? sounds incredibly interesting. Will definitely have to check it out! :)


  11. In love with this dress, it's so beautiful and elegant<3

  12. Sounds like an interesting read! I love your dress! :)


  13. Awesome outfit to compliment an equally engaging read with. This book has been on on my reading wishlist (big time) for a while now and I really hope to either pick up or track down (at the library) a copy before the year is up.

    Sending lots of hugs & happy start of fall wishes your way,
    ♥ Jessica

  14. i love how you're always happy and so full of joy! :) be it a post on books or bloopers! :) HIHIHI!

  15. Such a cute way to do a book review. I loved your dress in this post. I'll be looking more into the book as well :)

  16. First, you are GORGEOUS my friend!! Love this dress and your hair. Second, I honestly think this book sounds so interesting and I definitely want to read it. It has to be my next download. I just downloaded the 3rd Outlander book so once I'm done with that, this will be my next read. Pop culture is one of my favorite topics haha, so this is right up my alley. What if scenerios are also fasinating to me as well. Thanks for bringing it to light!

  17. First, love that dress, beautiful on you and the grey backdrop is just to perfect with it :)

    Second, that sounds like such an interesting book! I've never heard of the author before so tanks for the recommendation :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful start to the week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog


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